NEWS: Vincent van der Voort considering retirement!


Vincent van der Voort candidly revealed that he’s considering retiring from darts due to his recurring back problems. The world number 20 suffered his first ever opening-round exit at the Ally Pally after losing to former World-Youth champion Max Hopp on Thursday, and he told the PDC’s Dan Dawson that he is contemplating quitting the game.

Van der Voort has endured well-documented back problems over recent years and the issues again resurfaced to plague the former UK Open finalist on Thursday evening at the Alexandra Palace, as Hopp won nine of the remaining eleven legs to seal a convincing 3-1 victory.

Van der Voort admitted:“I’m playing against myself; I’m not playing against my opponent. Everything is a struggle at the moment and it’s hard work when you’re not playing like you used to.”

The Dutchman also revealed the full extent of his injury problems, stating:“I’ve got two hernias in my lower back and everything hurts every time. This is probably my last one {World Championship}. The way I look at it now; I’m ready to give in because it’s just hurting so much and I’ve done everything I can really.

“I’ve been to physiotherapy and so many different therapists and its not getting any better. It hurts so much that at one point you have to think about retiring. I’ve done everything I could, and I don’t know what more I can do,” Van der Voort added.

The Dutch Destroyer admits that it’s a catch 22 situation, because he’s constantly having to play through the pain barrier, although he still possesses the burning passion for the game. “I want to quit, because I’m losing to players I should never lose to; but on the other hand I love the game as well.”

The 41-year-old Dutchman is one of the most popular figures on the circuit and he’s adored by darts fans, partly due to his crowd-pleasing ‘Give it Up’ walk-on song by KC and the Sunshine band.

The quick-fire Dutchman switched from the BDO to the PDC in 2007 alongside his compatriots Jelle Klaasen and best friend Michael van Gerwen. Vincent enjoyed instant success after reaching the UK Open final within months of his switch, where he was beaten by his fellow countryman Raymond van Barneveld.

Van der Voort has also won five PDC ranking titles; with his most notable triumph coming in the 2014 Austrian Darts Open. Vincent had to come through the European qualifiers to simply qualify for this event, but he went on to defeat Christian Kist, Justin Pipe, Brendan Dolan, John Part, Mensur Suljovic and Jamie Caven to clinch the title.

Another highlight of Van der Voort’s career came when he represented the Netherlands at the 2012 World Cup of Darts alongside Van Barneveld, but the duo were beaten in the last four by Australia’s Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson.

The Dutchman has reached the quarter-finals at the Ally Pally on two occasions, whilst his best run in a TV major since his UK Open exploits came at the Players Championship Finals in Minehead back in 2014, where he reached the last four. However, the amiable Dutchman insisted he’s not in the process of reminiscing about his career.

Van der Voort concluded: “I’m not looking back at my career or anything. I will probably be at the UK Open qualifiers in February; plus what else really are you going to do? You have to do something in life, but I’m not going to look back at my career now, I’m just thinking about what’s next in my life really.”

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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