Reaching world No 1 is the pinnacle for any darts player. Gerwyn Price achieved the feat in style earlier this month, sealing the top ranking spot by claiming the World Championship title with a final win over Gary Anderson. But things are set to get a whole lot more difficult for the Iceman. For any player sitting at the sport’s summit, they are being targeted by the chasing pack.
“You’ve got a lot more work to do. It all changes,” explained Phil Taylor. “Gerwyn Price said to me, ‘I never realised how much work you did, world champions have to do, like interviews, personal appearances and what not.’ Obviously, it’s a bit different because of Covid, but his whole life is going to change because he’s a target, everybody’s after him! It’s a big difference.”
“I was pleased,” Taylor said. “We text each other a lot, he’s a good lad, I like him. I know he’s got that little bit of ‘umph’ in his game but I do quite like that as well and a lot of players are doing that now. I see the dedication. He was asking me advice before the World Championship, I can only tell him what I did, which I think he took on board, and he’s gone in there and won it with style.”
“It’s amazing how the knives behind his back will be getting sharpened, ready to plunge,” the former Matchplay champion Lloyd said. “He’s not only the world champion, he’s got a target on his back. People want a piece of your action. The first person that he plays, they’re going to think ‘I want to be the first person to beat not only the current world champion, but the current world No 1!’