The world’s best darts players return for the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters 2017.
Gary Anderson, the reigning Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters Champion and Michael van Gerwen, the current PDC World Champion will head the field of eight players, vying to be crowned the champion in the desert . Anderson and van Gerwen will be joined by six world-class rivals in competing in the two-day event at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, which will be shown live across the Middle East on Dubai Sports TV, with further live coverage to be confirmed.
Anderson ended Michael van Gerwen’s three-year reign as the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters champion in 2016 with a stunning comeback from 8-4 down to win the final 11-9.
Reigning champion van Gerwen had looked on course to claim an amazing fourth successive title in the unique open-air tournament at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium when he pulled clear of the World Champion.
The Dutchman opened the final with a 12-darter and defied finishes of 11 and 12 darts and a 115 checkout from the Scot to move 7-4 up before punishing eight missed doubles from the World Champion to take a four-leg lead.
Anderson, though, fired back to level the game with the aid of back-to-back 12-darters and finishes of 68 and 76 in a run of four straight legs to level at eight-all.
The next two were shared to leave the scores tied at nine legs apiece before Anderson punished one miss from van Gerwen to land double 12 and lead for the first time, and a further six misses from the reigning champion proved costly in the next as double five sealed glory for the Scot.
The General Release of tickets for the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters are AED 150 for both nights or AED 250 for season tickets. VIP Hospitality tables, which include all Food and Beverages, are also available starting at AED 7,999 for 10 persons or individual tickets for AED799.
A brief history of the sport of darts:
The popular belief is that darts was created as a result of the boredom of being a warrior in medieval times. During downtime between battles, soldiers would challenge each other to games of throwing short spears at a thin slice of a felled tree. The age rings in the wood and the cracks that developed from drying created a simple likeness of a modern dart board comprised of multiple lines and many different scoring areas. The game became quite popular in the middle ages as it was used to keep soldiers’ throwing arms in practice.
The sport of darts eventually became more widespread and even noblemen would be known to shoot a round from time to time. In fact, history shows that England’s King Henry VIII was given a set of darts as a gift. The game as we know it was in jeopardy of being changed over the years. People tried many different variations such as using a blowpipe to direct the dart. Some Scandinavians still play a version of darts by throwing foot long small spears from several yards away.
As it grew in popularity, the game of darts has defeated multiple attempts to have it banned. Many people believed that darts was a game of chance and not a game of skill, so it had to be settled in a courtroom in 1908. The game was banned in Scotland as a corrupt influence but the public outcry made it short-lived.
Date: Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 May, 2017
Times: 18 PM to 23:30 PM
Location: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium