Two-time world champion Adrian Lewis has pulled out of this weekend’s European Darts Open in Leverkusen due to health reasons.
‘Jackpot’ pulled out of the Austrian Darts Open last weekend, also citing health issues as the reason for his withdrawal. Lewis has now withdrawn from this weekend’s event for the same reason, and as a result, he will be replaced by a fifth host-nation qualifier in Germany.
Lewis failed to qualify for last year’s European Championship in Hasselt due to his sporadic participation on the European Tour, and he is under threat of missing out once again. He currently sits 34th on the European Tour Order of Merit with four events remaining after this weekend- yet only the top 32 players will qualify.
Nevertheless, the world number four has endured a hectic year from a personal perspective. Aside from his darting commitments, his wife Sarah is expecting a baby this summer, which led to Lewis pulling out of next month’s World Series double in Shanghai and Las Vegas; with Gerwyn Price acting as his replacement.
The Stoke-on-Trent star is one of only two players in the world’s top ten to have entered the Players Championship double-header in Barnsley next weekend, but he could potentially withdraw from these Pro Tour events to ensure he is fully fit for the World Matchplay, which begins at the Winter Gardens on July 22nd.
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