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Van Gerwen stays on top in new-look darts

John Reid July 9, 2020
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PDC darts made its long-awaited return on Wednesday with the five-day Summer Series event at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes and Michael Van Gerwen quickly re-established his stronghold.

Darts is having to deal with the issue of playing in an empty arena, similar to practically every other sport in the United Kingdom.

Despite the lack of fans, one constant remained in the new-look darts – the dominance of World number one Michael Van Gerwen.

The Dutchman defeated World Champion Peter Wright to win the first day of the Summer Series event.

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Whilst it is good to see darts return, the sport will face a test in a few weeks time, when the second biggest tournament in the calendar, the World Matchplay, begins on the 18th of July.

Sadly, due to the ongoing pandemic situation, the event will not take place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool as usual, but will be played behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena.

That is a blow to the tournament, as darts fans make the sport to an extent. This is shown every year at the World Championships at the Alexandra Palace, the atmosphere created by the crowd makes the tournament one of the best in all sport.

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However, for the time being, darts finds itself in a similar situation to the rest of sport, with no fans.

As darts is an individual sport, that should not really affect how a player fares, but for those watching at home, it will not be the same with the lack of fans.

Still, that hasn’t stopped Michael Van Gerwen from thriving, and it would be no surprise to see him win more events in the Summer Series over the next few days.

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