Niels Zonneveld tests positive for coronavirus and will miss International Darts Open
Two-time Development Tour event winner Niels Zonneveld will miss the upcoming International Darts Open after testing positive for coronavirus.
Zonneveld has reportedly been struggling with the virus since the beginning of October, and it could now have a massive effect on his professional career.
He becomes the fourth current professional to test positive for Covid-19 following the results of Kyle Anderson, Adrian Lewis and Stephen Bunting. Barry Hearn has also recently tested positive.
According to Darts Actueel, the Dutchman was most recently tested last Tuesday, and the virus remains detectable despite him nearing a full recovery.
Zonneveld will subsequently be forced to miss the International Darts Open from October 23-25 – which this year acts as the final European Tour staging of the season.
Players are expected to field a negative test for Covid-19 before boarding a flight to Germany as well as at the venue where a PDC tournament may be held.
Zonneveld will be replaced by an additional qualifier from Germany this weekend, with the Host Nation Qualifier taking place on Thursday October 22.
Further positive tests will result in Zonneveld missing more tournaments in the coming weeks as a packed schedule towards the backend of the season approaches.
The 22-year-old is currently inside the ProTour Order of Merit places for the World Darts Championship, but he is expected to drop out at the conclusion of this weekend.
Zonneveld’s tour card is also on the line, with the PDC Winter Series from November 9-14 now seemingly pivotal in the race to keeping his place on the professional circuit.
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