With his run to the last 32 of the UK Open( and still going) The German Giant might provide Target Darts with a rapid return on investment. Target have added to their roster of up and coming talent by signing Gabriel Clemens. The mainland Europe market is expanding at a rapid rate and that in Germany in particular, the bigger companies are looking to stake their claims.
Target have looked a little light in this area previously so they welcomed an addition this week:
Introducing Gabriel ‘German Giant’ Clemens:
The former mechanic from Saarlouis grew up playing darts at his local pub and is arguably one of the driving forces that have contributed to the growth of the sport in Germany.
Clemens secured his PDC Tour card at European Q School 2018 having won outright on the 4th Day against Vincent Kamphuis with a 5-3 victory. His form continued throughout the first half of the season; making the semi-final of Player Championship 10 and reaching the last two of Player Championship 11, beating the likes of Simon Whitlock and Peter Wright, only to lose by a small margin to 2 X World Champion Gary Anderson. His first season continued to impress and he qualified for his first PDC World Championship where he breezed through his first round match 3-0, only then to narrowly miss out in Round 2 to John Henderson.
Clemens continued to improve during his second season on the tour as he started to excel in tournaments. He made the final of 2 Player Championship events and the final of the German Darts Masters where he was defeated 8-6 in the final by Peter Wright – the German Giant highlights this game as the biggest of his career to date. These performances earned him qualification to his second PDC World Championship.
Gabriel practices darts for up to 4 hours a day and in his spare time goes to support his local football team, Saarbrucken FC. Clemens aims to qualify for the Worlds this year (2020) but he also has a number of other titles in his sight including a Player Championships. He currently stands at 39th ranking in the world – the 2nd highest German.
Clemens is an interesting signing. He has had several stand out peformances but not yet come through at a major event since winning a PDC Tour Card.