Anderson withdraws from World Series of Darts Finals and Autumn Series due to coronavirus fears
Gary Anderson has opted to withdraw from the upcoming World Series of Darts Finals and the PDC Autumn Series due to coronavirus fears whilst travelling abroad.
Anderson returned from the four-month professional shutdown at July’s Summer Series, before reaching the final of the World Matchplay and qualifying for the Premier League Play-Offs.
The Scotsman will now face a few weeks away from darts ahead of October’s World Grand Prix following his withdrawal from both of September’s scheduled stagings.
Anderson has previously expressed his apprehension towards travelling overseas while cases of Covid-19 continue to rise, and his management confirmed his decision to stay on Somerset soil on Monday morning.
In a statement, Anderson said: “We’ve been discussing the Autumn Series for a few weeks now and I’d be delighted to play in it if it was in the UK, but every time I turn on the news I see another country removed from the travel corridor and infections rising around Europe and the rest of the world.
“I’m just not comfortable with the travel involved right now. I need to fly and although I’m confident in my mask, wearing and adhering to all the things I should do, I have little faith in other people.
“I’ve watched people outside from the safety of the Milton Keynes bubble and there seems little regard for safety and distancing, so imagine that multiplied on a plane.
“I don’t want to risk my health or the health of the family. I’m disappointed for my sponsors and fans that I won’t be there, but I’ve always said health and family are my priority.
“The PDC have made Niedernhausen a bubble and players will be tested, and Salzburg is a bubble, but I still need to fly to get to these places and even driving would mean transiting through non-travel corridor countries and they are on a red list for a reason.
“I’ve been playing well at the Premier League but I’m afraid that flying is a risk I’m not willing to take. I’ve now got the World Grand Prix in Coventry to look forward to next.”
Krzysztof Ratajski celebrating during the recent World Matchplay (Photography: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Anderson’s place in the World Series of Darts Finals will be awarded to Polish number one Krzysztof Ratajski, with James Wade stepping into the seeded positions.
Ratajski was a quarter-finalist at the World Matchplay in July, and also reached the same stage on his World Series of Darts debut last November in the Netherlands.
The World Series of Darts Finals will take place from September 18-20 at the Salzburgarena in Salzburg, Austria, with players being tested and a ‘bubble’ environment being secured throughout the tournament.
WORLD SERIES OF DARTS FINALS
Salzburgarena, Salzburg, Austria
Michael van Gerwen
Dimitri Van den Bergh
TBC – September 11
(Featured Image: Chris Sargeant/Tip Top Pics)