Fallon Sherrock has been rewarded for her historic World Championship triumph with a spot in the 2020 U.S Darts Masters, which will be held on June 5-6 in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York.
The 25-year-old created darting history by becoming the first female to win a match at the PDC World Championship on Tuesday, defeating Development Tour winner Ted Evetts in a five-set thriller at Alexandra Palace.
Sherrock’s performance has generated unprecedented media interest across the globe, with the New York Times amongst the publications to highlight her ground-breaking success.
She appeared on virtually all the major television and radio stations within the UK following her success, whilst her social media following has almost doubled within the space of 24 hours.
The PDC’s video clip of Sherrock’s win has received almost 6 million views on Twitter and the former Lakeside finalist will now join the likes of world No 1 Michael van Gerwen in competing in the U.S. Darts Masters, when the World Series of Darts visits New York for the first time next June.
Eight North American qualifiers will also compete in the two-day tournament, with Sherrock set to make history again by becoming first female competitor on the World Series stage next year.
“We live in a big world and Fallon’s victory has become mainstream news, rather than sports news,” said Hearn. “It’s astonished me. The first woman to do something is always news because it’s a breakthrough moment for the sport. You couldn’t write that type of drama. I think it is a game-changing moment.
“Fallon will get the dream ticket in terms of an invitation to the World Series of Darts in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York. That’s going to be massive news around the world, particularly in America, and the message is clear to other women; if you’re good enough, opportunities exist or will be created.
“She’s going to have dream scenario there and who knows where it builds from there. The aim of the World Series is to grow professional darts worldwide and Fallon’s inclusion will be another massive step for the sport on the global stage.
“Darts is hugely popular across America and we’ve already seen incredible interest in our first visit to New York, and to have Fallon on stage at Madison Square will be a huge opportunity for her to show her undoubted talent to a new audience,” added the PDC Chairman.
Sherrock, who will take on 11th seed Mensur Suljovic in the second round at Alexandra Palace on Saturday, was overwhelmed by the news and is relishing her appearance in the big Apple.
“I can’t believe it – this is amazing news for me,” Sherrock said. “It’s been a crazy couple of days and I’m not sure everything has sunk in yet. It’s all really exciting.
“To get to play in the World Series in New York will be a fantastic experience for me. This shows that if me and other women show what we can do and win matches, we’ll be rewarded with more opportunities like this. I can’t wait.”
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