Van Gerwen Q&A

Michael van Gerwen is one of the must-see stars in the world of darts right now. We caught up with the 24-year-old Dutchman to get a quick-fire view of his life and times in the sport and why the World Championship means so much...

Last Updated: 17/12/13 at 10:18 Post Comment

Van Gerwen: loves to see wizards in the crowd

Van Gerwen: loves to see wizards in the crowd

MY EARLIEST DARTS MEMORY...In the first tournament I ever played in I came third, which was not bad! I was 12 years old in the local place where I live in Holland.

IF I HADN'T BECOME A DARTS PLAYER I WOULD... I'd be a tiler. I'd be making floors and laying stones because I used to do that - so playing darts for a living is a bit better!

MY FAVOURITE OPPONENT IN DARTS... Phil Taylor, of course. They are always superb games. Also Adrian Lewis is a nice guy to play against. Everyone has something, but you always want to play the top players.

MY FAVOURITE DARTS VENUE... Ally Pally and the O2 Arena.

THE BEST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH I PLAYED IN... Me and Adrian Lewis in the quarter-finals last year. It could have gone either way that game.

THE BEST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH I'VE WATCHED... I can't remember. Maybe Taylor v Barney in the final in 2007 or the final between Anderson and Lewis in the final in 2011. That was a very good game.

MY FAVOURITE WALK-ON SONG... Vincent van der Voort (Give it Up by KC and the Sunshine Band). That's a very good one for the crowd.

THE BEST NICKNAME IN DARTS... Everyone has their own thing, but I think 'Jackpot' for Adrian Lewis is a good one. There is a nice story with that. He won the jackpot on the slot machines in Las Vegas, but he couldn't claim the money because he was too young!

THE BEST DARTS I'VE THROWN... When I won the Premier League Final against Phil Taylor on the bullseye. That was amazing.

THE BEST PLACARD I'VE SEEN... I don't know. I never watch the signs in the crowd. I don't notice them because I'm too focused on the game and the most important thing is to win the game.

THE BEST FANCY DRESS I'VE SEEN... People come dressed as me with the bald hats, which is funny, but I also like the wizards. It's good to see everyone enjoying themselves at the darts.

WHAT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEANS TO ME... It's the big one of the year. If you win it then you are the World Champion for the rest of your life and that's what I want to be.

Every session of the World Darts Championship 2014 is live on Sky Sports. Michael van Gerwen's first-round match will be live from 7pm on Sky Sports 2 on Tuesday December 17.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Sepp Blatter announces he will resign as FIFA president

Sepp Blatter has announced he is to resign as president of FIFA and an election will be held to decide his successor.

Sepp Blatter to quit: Names in frame for FIFA top job

After FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced he will step down from the role, we look at the candidates to replace him.

Sepp Blatter to quit: Timeline leading to resignation of FIFA boss

We look back on the timeline of events which culminated in Sepp Blatter announcing his resignation as president of FIFA.

Mail Box

Liverpool 2015 Feels Like Liverpool 2011...

One Mailer says Benteke = Carroll, Bellamy = Milner and Clyne = Downing. Plus we have U21 Euro impatience, farewell Rio, Rafa Benitez, Milner, FIFA and title play-offs...

Calling Carlo For Liverpool... Please

One Liverpool Mailer wants a manager who isn't starstruck by the job. Plus why Milner has now become overrated, play-offs for the title, Ronaldinho and democracy..

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company