May 04, 2023 at 9:21 PMUpdate: 8 minutes ago
Vincent van der Voort may stop playing darts. The Dutch number 33 in the world announced on Thursday that he is experiencing motivational problems.
“At the moment I don’t have much fun anymore,” says Van der Voort at Viaplay. “But if I were to say right away that I’m going to stop, then I could regret it. Maybe in a few months I’ll say that I’m going to try again.”
Van der Voort became a professional at the PDC in 2007 and reached the quarter-finals of the World Darts Championship in 2011 and 2015. The 47-year-old Purmerender took five PDC ProTour titles. He has suffered from a weak back for years.
“Now I’m dropping in the world rankings. That has to do with several factors, including a bit of motivation,” he says. “I am now looking at whether I still want to continue. I will make the decision in the coming months.”
Four months ago, Van der Voort stranded in the fourth round of the World Darts Championship. ‘The Dutch Destroyer’ lost 4-3 in London to Luke Humphries, the number six of the Order of Merit. His last appearance dates from April 16, when he lost in the second round at Players Championship 10 against the Belgian Gabriel Clemens (6-2).
After three weeks of vacation, Van der Voort will be back at the oche next week. “At the moment I train much less. Normally it would itch towards a tournament, but I don’t have that now.”