Phil Taylor admits he has overlooked rival against Gary Anderson and Michael van Gerwen and has hinted in making a comeback.
Taylor won 214 pro championships, including a listing 85 key titles and a record 16 World Championships. He retired after his 2018 World Championship defeat to Rob Cross in the match.
‘The Power’ is a firm believer in progress in darts, along with the 59-year-old feels he would have no problem re-adjusting if a return was left by him today.
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He has launched his new Generation 6 darts through Goal in which the arrows have a brand new piece of technology known as Swiss Point that enables players to switch the points onto their darts in a matter of seconds, which has made Taylor consider making a sensational return to the oche.
«I have enjoyed my retirement but today all these new ideas are coming out, it is like owning a brand new car and being a racing car driver,» Taylor told Sky Sports.
«I would love to have another celebration, particularly at Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson. I do miss that little bit of camaraderie. They state the practice room is lifeless, 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 perfect laugh.»
Taylor asserts the sport is lacking characters due to the sum of money today involved in competitions with players getting more professional than ever before.
«The game has gone quite serious with the money involved and that I can understand them being really serious. If you don’t work correctly it is sometimes a career. If a few of these pros do not do something to reinvent themselves, they’re likely to return the positions as quick as anything»
In addition, he admits not seeing any darts however this November he’d tune-in to watch young Leighton Bennett, who’s taken the game and is in the Grand Slam of Darts.
«Someone just asked me a question regarding Bennett and should have a wildcard to Wolverhampton? My answer was that I actually don’t see the darts on TV but if Bennett gets a wildcard I will see it since he is exciting. He’s a nightmare to perform,» he said.
Though Bennett gained his revenge, defeating the 59-year-old 4-1 at the SAP Darts Slam in Frankfurt back in June, taylor defeated the child 10-7 at the Tower of London in March.
«I have played with him a few times and he is an absolute nightmare, since he’s a young lad and he’s good,» Taylor added. «He’s got no fear from him whatsoever. I quite like that in him»
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It’s not very long to wait until darts is back on Sky Sports, the World Grand Prix gets underway Sunday, October 6 at Dublin’s Citywest Arena October 12 and seven days of coverage continues until the closing on Saturday.
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