Gerwyn Price visits Winter Wonderland between Ally Pally darts matches
Number one seed Gerwyn Price admits he has barely watched the World Darts Championship as he looks to secure a second Ally Pally crown.
Price has cruised into the quarter-finals of the tournament, with his most recent win coming against Jose de Sousa in the last 16. He will face Alan Soutar or Gabriel Clemens, who meet today (Friday), on New Year’s Day but there is little chance he will be staying in his hotel room to watch it, preferring instead to spend time with his wife and two daughters.
Despite being the world number one, The Iceman is not the favourite to win the tournament, with Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith securing more backing from punters.
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Asked if he was fussed about going under the radar, Price was clear, and revealed what he did the day before his match against De Sousa.
“I haven’t even looked at social media. I haven’t watched much darts, to be honest with you,” he told reporters.
“The wife and my kids are here. We’ve been doing a lot of things. We went to Winter Wonderland so I didn’t watch any of the darts yesterday [Wednesday].
“If I’m going under the radar, happy days, but I haven’t even watched any of it. If I’m in a hotel room doing nothing, I’d rather watch darts than anything else but, with the family here, I’m doing other things.
“I’ve watched little bits and seen bits on social media but nothing really.”
Price did catch Mensur Suljovic’s incredibly 161 finish during his defeat to Van Gerwen, who controversially had decided to lay up on match darts.
“I saw it but on social media. I was in Winter Wonderland and I saw it back at the hotel,” he said. “I think Michael was a little bit shell-shocked and will probably learn a lesson from that.”
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But asked if he would have laid up in a similar situation, Price confessed: “I probably would have done the same thing but there you go. When you’re on to win the match and you’re leaving someone on 161… Anything above 150, you’re thinking ‘set it up’. The likelihood of them taking it out is like one in 10. If they do, fair play.”
Pressed on whether he would watch Soutar versus Clemens, the second match this afternoon, Price added: “I’ll watch it if I’m in the room but not if I’m doing other things. I’ll keep an eye on the result to see what happens but I won’t watch it on TV.
“It doesn’t matter who comes through. Whoever I play, it’ll be a tough game. I’m just concentrating on my own game.”
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