Phil Taylor has admitted that he is seriously considering the prospect of semi-retirement. ‘The Power’, who was beaten in the Dubai Darts Masters semi-finals by Gary Anderson on Friday, revealed in his pre-match interview that he was contemplating the thought of retirement.
The 16-time world champion has enjoyed remarkable and unprecedented longevity, having competed at the pinnacle of the sport for the last thirty years. Taylor previously claimed that he would retire at the age of 55, but the Stoke-on-Trent ace, who turns 56 in August, did acknowledge that it was time to ‘slow down’.
Taylor claimed that from next January, he will be ‘semi-retired’. He insists he won’t be competing in any Pro Tour events; instead focusing solely on major TV tournaments. This is a strategy currently employed by Raymond van Barneveld, who is attempting to combat the hectic schedule by being selective over the tournaments he enters.
Taylor told Gulf News: “Barry Hearn [The PDC Chairman] talked me into doing a few more years. I’m 56 this year [in August] and I’m slowing down now, I’m semi-retiring.”
“We’re going to sit down in January; Bob Glenn (Taylor’s manager) looks after me and my diary and everything. This year’s taped out now, so we’ll look at the calendar and have a holiday or something.”