Darts rival predicts burnout for champion Michael Smith as hell be exhausted
New world champion Michael Smith will be “exhausted” by the summer if he keeps up his current hectic schedule, according to outspoken Dutch player Vincent van der Voort.
Bully Boy is darts' man of the moment after sweeping to glory at Alexandra Palace at the start of the month with a thrilling victory over tournament favourite Michael van Gerwen. There has been no let-up for the St Helens thrower since with numerous media commitments and, unusually for January, a flurry of darts tournaments.
Smith appeared at a celebrity exhibition tournament in Germany before travelling to the Middle East for the Bahrain Masters, which he won. The second World Series event of the year in Denmark is coming up this weekend, quickly followed by the Masters in Milton Keynes. The Premier League, which runs until May, then begins in Belfast at the start of February.
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While the 32-year-old is riding the crest of a wave at present, Van der Voort suspects his current workload will eventually take its toll.
“He is energised after that world title,” Van der Voort told Viaplay. “Right after that World Championship title, he had a lot of media commitments and then he had to travel straight on to Germany for a tournament with prominent people.”
He added: “A lot of exhibition tournaments will also be scheduled in the coming months. In addition, he plays the Nordic Darts Masters this week and the Premier League starts in February. I'm already predicting you that by June or July he'll be completely exhausted.”
Van der Voort isn’t afraid to speak out about fellow players. Prior to the World Championship, he blasted the PDC’s latest decision to grant Fallon Sherrock a spot at Ally Pally.
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“It’s good for the World Championship because she gets massive numbers but is it fair? No,” he told Online Darts TV. “You have to make up the numbers before that. If they let two, three, four, five women in, that’s no problem. But at the last moment, I think that’s wrong.
“If there’s someone to blame, it’s the PDC because they should have been more open about it and said the winner of the Women’s World Matchplay was in [back in the summer].
“You can’t blame her, that’s for sure, but it’s wrong how they put it out there. But that’s the PDC, they do so many things wrong.”
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