German darts supremo Gabriel Clemens is fast becoming the name from the sport’s growth in Germany over the past decade.
Our Darts World reporter LOCK UP TIPSTER added this summary of his superb year to Darts World ( Print Edition) in August 2019
Alongside previously better-known names like Max Hopp and Martin Schindler, the World No56 (at the time of writing) has had plenty to offer since starting to make more frequent appearances on the PDC Tour.
Clemens won his Tour-Card at the first attempt in January 2018, at the Euro Q School Event, and did not waste much time in showing us his true ability. Clemens reached his first Pro Tour final within five months of gaining his card and only lost out, in a deciding leg, to Gary Anderson.
An impressive 2018 also saw the German thrower make his World Series of Darts debut, before reaching the last 16 of the Players Championship Finals and making his debut at the Alexandra Palace for the World Championships.
If in 2018 it was pleasing enough to try to progress, as a player, then 2019 is proving a whole new level. Clemens hit the ground running in February with another Pro Tour final, losing out 4-8 to an in form Gerwyn Price. Gabriel then made it a trio of final defeats in Pro tour events, going down 4-8 again in April, this time Johnny Clayton was the victor.
Neither the experience gained from the tour nor the rapid growth in German darts have done Gabriel any harm. He was again been invited to the German edition of the World Series enjoying an excellent run defeating both RVB, and Rob Cross, whilst averaging almost 100. Clemens reached the final by taking out Mensur 8-3 in the semi, here his checkout percentages made all the difference in a lower scoring game.
Again, however, the final was to prove the final hurdle. Peter Wright edged ‘The Giant’ as Clemens is known, 8-6. It may well have been that Gabriel ran out of steam. The Euro events involve playing more than one high-pressure game on the same day. This is a distinct disadvantage for the less experienced player. despite the disappointment, the TV stage experience can be nothing but beneficial in the longer run
The combined result, of 2019’s successes, has been to catapult Clemens to within reach of countryman Martin Schindler in the PDC rankings. Should he overhaul ‘The Wall’ it is highly likely that he will represent his nation in next years World Cup of Darts.
Next for ‘The Giant’ will be to maintain his form on the Pro Tour and consolidate a position within the top 64. This will ensure another appearance at The Players Championship ( Pro Tour) Finals and ensure he is kept busy before returning to Ally Pally in December. These combined efforts should see him surpass Schindler who is currently outside the top 64.
It is not impossible ( at the time of writing) for Clems to continue his remarkable year by qualifying for the World Grand Prix and the European Championships as well as those listed above. However, they are not yet nailed on and will require qualifications and decent runs in multiple events. Nothing should be counted out during Clemens’ excellent year.
Conrgatulations & Good Luck for the rest of 2019, Gabriel!
Story: LOCKUPTIPSTER (August 2019)
Edits: DW Editorial Team (Oct 2019)