PDC Summer Series: Entries confirmed as professional darts returns
The field has been confirmed ahead of the upcoming PDC Summer Series as professional darts makes its anticipated return on Wednesday.
The newly-launched Summer Series will consist of five Players Championship events, held in a behind closed doors environment at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
World number one Michael van Gerwen headlines a 128-player field – which contains 117 PDC tour card holders and 11 PDPA Associate Members brought in by virtue of their position on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit.
Recent Home Tour champion Nathan Aspinall will mark his return to in-person competitive action, as will the reigning world champion Peter Wright and current Premier League leader Glen Durrant.
Kai Fan Leung travelled almost 6,000 miles to appear in Milton Keynes (Photography: PDC)
Hong Kong’s Kai Fan Leung and Canada’s Jeff Smith have travelled across the globe in order to return to England after flying back to their homelands to spend the coronavirus pandemic alongside their families.
Meanwhile, the Australian pairing of Kyle Anderson and Damon Heta are amongst the professionals to withdraw from the series of tournaments due to various travel restrictions.
Spanish trio Cristo Reyes, Toni Alcinas and Jesus Noguera will also be absent, as will Nordic and Baltic stars Daniel Larsson and Marko Kantele and Dutchmen Wesley Harms and Yordi Meeuwisse.
John Michael has decided to remain in his native Greece, while recent German Super League participant Steffen Siepmann has also opted to withdraw.
A total of £375,000 will be on offer throughout the duration of the Summer Series with each tournament consisting of a £75,000 prize fund, and earnings counting towards the usual ranking systems.
In addition, a Grand Slam of Darts spot will be on offer for the table-topper of the Summer Series Order of Merit.
All players will be tested for coronavirus upon arriving at the venue, and various restrictions will be implemented throughout the course of the five days.
The PDC Summer Series will take place from this coming Wednesday, with events 9-13 of the Players Championship circuit taking place at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
PDC SUMMER SERIES ENTRIES
Martin Atkins (Wigan)
Mike De Decker
Jose De Sousa
Jeffrey De Zwaan
Kai Fan Leung
Benito van de Pas
Dimitri Van den Bergh
Vincent Van der Meer
Vincent van der Voort
Jitse Van der Wal
Dirk van Duijvenbode
Mike van Duivenbode
Michael van Gerwen
(Featured Image: PDC)