Phil Taylor admits he has overlooked competing against Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson and has succeeded in making a comeback.
Taylor won 214 professional tournaments, such as a record 85 major titles and a list 16 World Championships. He retired after his 2018 World Championship defeat to Rob Cross from the game.
‘The Power’ is a firm believer in advancements in darts, and the 59-year-old feels he’d have no issue re-adjusting today when he made a return.
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He has launched his brand new Generation 6 darts through Target where the arrows have a new item of technology called Swiss Point that enables players to switch the things on their darts in a matter of moments, which is made Taylor consider creating a sensational return to the oche.
«I’ve enjoyed my retirement but all these new ideas are coming out, it’s like having a brand-new car and also being a racing car driver,» Taylor told Sky Sports.
«I’d like to have another bash, especially at Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson. I really do miss that tiny bit of camaraderie. They state now the practice room is dead, it is very quiet and nobody is having any fun. The kids are standing there with iPods in their ears.
«Me and Aidy (Lewis) was used to have a right laugh.»
Taylor asserts the game is currently lacking personalities because of the quantity of money involved in contests with players getting more professional than ever before.
«The game has gone quite serious with all the cash involved and that I could understand them being really serious. In case you don’t work 12, it is sometimes a career. If a number of these pros do not do something to reinvent themselves, they’re likely to return the positions as fast as anything.»
He admits not seeing any darts on TV, however this November he’d tune-in to see youthful Leighton Bennett, who’s chosen the game by storm and will be in the running for a spot at the Grand Slam of Darts.
«Somebody just asked me a question concerning Bennett and should have a wildcard into Wolverhampton? My answer was that I actually don’t see the darts on TV but if Bennett gets a wildcard because he is exciting I will see it. He is a nightmare to perform,» he said.
Taylor conquered the youngster 10-7 in March at the Tower of London, although Bennett gained his revenge, beating the 59-year-old 4-1 at the SAP Darts Slam at Frankfurt back in June.
«I’ve played with him a few times and he’s an absolute nightmare, because he’s a young lad and he is good,» Taylor added. «He has no fear from him whatsoever. I quite like that in him»
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It’s not very long to wait till darts is back on Sky Sports, the World Grand Prix gets underway on Sunday, October 6 at Dublin’s Citywest Arena and seven times of coverage continues until the final on Saturday.
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