Anderson Backs Out Of Summer Series

GARY ANDERSON has revealed that he’s not willing to take a “risk” flying after pulling out of the Autumn Series in Niedernhausen and World Series of Darts Final in Salzburg.

The Flying Scotsman made the announcement this morning just 48 hours after qualifying for the Unibet Premier League finals.

Anderson has previously expressed his concerns over leaving the UK to compete and now has confirmed he won’t place in jeopardy the health of his family going abroad.

He said:

“We’ve been discussing the Autumn series for a few weeks now and I’d be delighted to play in it if it was in the UK. 

“But every time I turn on the news I see another country removed from the travel corridor and infections rising around Europe and the rest of the World. 

“I’m just not comfortable with the travel involved right now. I need to fly and although I’m confident in my mask wearing and adhering to all the things I should do, I have little faith in other people.

“I’ve watched people outside from the safety of the Milton Keynes bubble and there seems little regard for safety and distancing, so imagine that multiplied on a plane! 

“I don’t want to risk my health or the health of the family.

“I’m disappointed for my sponsors and fans that I won’t be there, but I’ve always said health and family are my priority.

“The PDC have made Niedernhausen a bubble and players will be tested, and Salzburg is a bubble – but I still need to fly to get to these places and even driving would mean transiting through non travel corridor countries. And they are on a red list for a reason!

“I’ve been playing well at the Premier League but I’m afraid that flying is a risk I’m not willing to take.

I’ve now got the World Grand Prix in Coventry to look forward to next.”

The PDC have confirmed that Krzysztof Ratajski will replace Anderson in the World Series of Darts finals.

Pictures by Taylor Lanning