”I’m enjoying it now because not everything in my life is about darts”

GARY ANDERSON is revved up to finally win the Grand Slam and get his hands on a Harley!


The two-time World Champion has won almost everything the sport has to offer apart from his favourite tournament at Wolverhampton.


Anderson, 52, now returns to The Midlands on Saturday to face Dirk van Duijvenbode and wants to go flat-out for glory.


He added: “Wolves was always great, I used to get so much grief it was unbelievable. It was my first PDC tournament.


“I played there when I was still in the BDO. I enjoyed it and loved the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, I loved the atmosphere in the building. To this day it’s still my favourite.


“I always like to walk around Wolverhampton during the day. There was a Harley Davidson shop there. It was always a little giggle that I always said if I won it I’d buy myself a Fat Boy for a Fat Boy!


“If I finally win it I’ll maybe still buy one but I won’t be riding it. I’m a bit too old for motorbikes now.”


Ando has reached two finals, losing to Gerwyn Price in 2018 in a heated battle. His other best run was to the final in 2011 but was smashed 16-4 by Phil Taylor.


He takes on Van Duijvenbode tomorrow in Group C before then facing Luke Humphries and Steve Lennon.


Anderson, despite being down at World No.20, has shown glimpses of his powerhouse best during 2023.


He puts that down to wanting to prove people wrong and a good balance in life.


He added: “If someone says I can’t do it, I’ll try my damnedest to do it.


“I’m enjoying it now because not everything in my life is about darts.


“I enjoyed the Players Championship and whatever Europeans I qualified for.


“It’s been great but I’m not darts 24/7 which I have been all my life.


“Now the kids have grown up, I’ve got the lakes and my week is split up into three now.


“But if I was doing the Premier League, World Series and I was away four or five days a week, that’s not good for me.


“The boys that do the European Tour now, there’s a lot of them moaning about it because of the travel.


“They are looking at two or three flights and then a three-hour train journey to get where they are going. I think that would send me over the edge to be honest!”


Story by Phil Lanning

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