Van Gerwen says ‘it is horrible to see him like this’ in sympathy for darts rival

Michael van Gerwen says it has been “terrible” watching long-time pal Vincent van der Voort struggling for kind and confidence.

Mighty Mike, 34, confronted Van der Voort, 48, on the Dutch Masters final month, and smashed him 6-1. It was one other punishing blow for the Dutch Destroyer, who hasn’t seemed himself for over a 12 months now.

He’s dropped to No. 53 on the earth rankings and if his kind would not decide up his PDC Tour Card could possibly be in jeopardy by the tip of the 12 months. Speaking to Dutch outlet Sportnieuws, MVG says he plans to do all he can to get his good friend, who hasn’t gained a match since October, again on his ft.

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“I think it’s terrible to see him like this,” Van Gerwen mentioned. “But you also have to face reality. It is very difficult for him. It is also up to us to do something about this together. But that will happen, the year is still long.

“Vincent is after all my buddy, however nothing goes properly with him. He already has issue getting his arrows straight on the board. Then you must truly be happy with him that he has nonetheless mustered all the desire and braveness to only make one of the best of it. That additionally characterizes his successful mentality.”

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Vincent van der Voort is in peril of shedding his tour card amid a dismal run of kind

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Back in May, Van der Voort hinted at retirement, saying: “Now I am dropping in the world rankings. That has to do with several factors, including a piece of motivation. I am now looking at whether I want to continue. At the moment I’m training a lot less. Normally it would start itching towards a tournament, but I don’t have that now either.”

It comes after Van Gerwen returned to prime kind by clinching victory on Night 2 of Premier League Darts. The Dutchman beat Nathan Aspinall and Michael Smith earlier than edging previous Luke Littler within the remaining in Berlin.

The win was his second over Littler this 12 months, having crushed {the teenager} within the remaining of the Dutch Masters. That outcome got here only a week after Littler had bested MVG within the remaining of the Bahrain Masters.