PDC Summer Series launches as professional return edges closer
The PDC have announced that their Summer Series will take place from July 8-12 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, marking the return of professional darts.
Held behind closed doors with testing and accommodation provided on-site, all 128 tour card holders will be eligible to compete in five tournaments, as the PDC ProTour recommences after being brought to the ground in mid-March.
Ian White and Nathan Aspinall were successful in the most recent batch of ProTour events – which saw concerns sparked as the likes of Krzysztof Ratajski and Rowby-John Rodriguez were forced to withdraw at the midway point due to their country’s borders shortly closing.
Following the postponement of handfuls of postponements, the ProTour will return with a quintet of £75,000 events with all earnings counting towards the PDC Order of Merit, subject to the UK Government’s quarantine policy on overseas visitors.
If government-sanctioned regulations concerning the two-week self-isolation period for foreign visitors or sportsmen travelling to earn a living aren’t amended, the PDC will announce a revised schedule of non-ranked tournaments for the same dates.
Players have been advised to await further confirmation regarding the proposed format before preparing for a return and planning accordingly, while hotel bookings will be handled by the PDC only and players should not contact the Marshall Arena directly.
Similar to snooker’s recent Championship League, players, staff and officials will be tested upon their arrival to the venue and then placed in isolation until they receive confirmation of a negative result. They can then enter the venue – which they will be unable to leave until their participation has ceased.
The ProTour’s return comes just a week prior to the World Matchplay marking the return of televised darts, and for some players will act as a potential qualification route to the prestigious spectacle if the tournaments are ranked as planned.