Simon Whitlock has launched a passionate defence over his choice of darts points following his defeat in the World Matchplay quarter-finals on Thursday evening.
Whitlock is battling to retain his top 16 status but enjoyed a profitable week in Milton Keynes, easing past debutant Ryan Joyce before sensationally dumping out world No 1 Michael van Gerwen 11-4 to reach the last eight.
‘The Wizard’ produced moments of magic against 2018 winner Gary Anderson last night, although the Scot eventually closed out a 16-12 success to book a semi-final showdown against his former protege Michael Smith, who saw off Krzysztof Ratajski in Thursday’s other quarter-final clash.
Whitlock has previously used custom-made allen keys for points and the Australian has been the subject of scrutiny throughout the tournament for his use of aggressive points, which appeared to decimate the boards by ripping out the sisal within a matter of minutes.
The board was changed after just five legs of his tussle against ‘The Flying Scotsman’ and the subject caused real conjecture on social media, with Sky Sports pundit Wayne Mardle calling for Whitlock’s points to be ‘banned’, whilst Anderson himself admitted ‘they need to be looked at’.
Following his last eight exit, Whitlock took to twitter and claimed: “Getting bored about hearing my points damage the boards. The problem is the boards are too inconsistent “soft/hard/soft”, give me decent boards and I’ll adapt my points to suit. Many players use adapted points not just me.“
The 51-year-old then posted a further message on Friday morning, where he urged critics to stop the ‘tedious’ debate, before insisting that he would continue to use his chosen points as they are ‘perfectly legal’.
“As a closure on the constant debate about my points, they are perfectly legal to use and I will continue to use them all the time I feel comfortable using them. Hopefully commentators and critics will accept that and focus on other things as it is beyond tedious now.“
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