A seventh international World Series event has been added to the PDC calendar this year, with the introduction of the German Darts Masters, which will take place in Dusseldorf from October 20th-21st.
The two-day event will be held at the Castello Arena in Dusseldorf, as 16 players compete in the year’s final international World Series of Darts tournament- before the World Series of Darts Finals takes place in Glasgow just one month later.
In line with the other World Series events on the PDC circuit, eight top PDC stars will be joined by eight German stars in the opening round of the tournament. The top two German players on the PDC Order of Merit at August 7th will qualify automatically, alongside six additional German qualifiers.
The German qualifiers will take on the PDC’s elite in round-one on Friday 20th October, before the tournament concludes on Saturday; with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final being hosted on one action-packed day of darts.
Max Hopp and Martin Schindler, who guided Germany to the quarter-finals of the recent World Cup of Darts, both look set to compete in Dusseldorf. Hopp, who is set to make his World Series debut at the U.S Masters next month, is currently the highest-ranked German on the PDC Order of Merit, whilst the emerging Schindler sits second.
The pair formed the youngest team in World Cup of Darts history this year, with a combined age of just 40. However, they delighted a partisan home crowd in Frankfurt by reaching the last eight, before losing to eventual winners the Netherlands- who were represented by Michael van Gerwen & Raymond van Barneveld.
This latest event represents a further boost for darts in Germany, with the sport’s popularity continuing to soar. Germany now play host to nine of the twelve European Tour events on the PDC circuit, and it was confirmed last month that the 2018 Premier League will feature a trip to German soil.
PDC Chairman Barry Hearn claimed: “Darts in Germany is making massive strides, both with the impact of Max Hopp in recent years and the incredible growth of the European Tour, and it will be another big step forward for them to host a World Series of Darts event.”
“This tournament will be the perfect way to end the year’s global tour of events as we build up to November’s World Series of Darts Finals in Scotland, and is a great addition to the calendar,” Hearn added.
The 2017 World Series of Darts began in May, as two-time world champion Gary Anderson retained his Dubai Darts Masters crown with a stunning victory over Michael van Gerwen, in arguably the greatest final in World Series history.
Further events are being held in Shanghai and Las Vegas in July, before the focus moves to the Oceanic events in Auckland, Melbourne and Perth during August. Dusseldorf then host their inaugural World Series event in October, before 24 players prepare to battle it out in the World Series of Darts Finals at the Braehead Arena just one month later.
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