Jamie Hughes thinks that he could jolt Michael van Gerwen in the World Grand Prix following a year which owes much to staying in employment.
His big break came as 2019 rebounds after he operated in 2018 to the Challenge Tour – the Englishman sealing his PDC tour card at Q School in January due to a display. He has not looked back since.
In Junehe scooped his maiden PDC name, beating Stephen Bunting. He’ll have taken heart in the victory Though he glanced in Blackpool at the first round, losing 10-7 to finalist Michael Smith.
The 33-year-old certainly isn’t lacking confidence even though being drawn against the world’s greatest player in Sunday’s first round of this Grand Prix, going into his next important.
“It’s quite a short format really, first to two places,” he told The Darts Show Podcast. “It’s essentially just like a Pro Tour, you’ve got to win legs. That is the way I am looking at it. It’s quite a format. If I can hit the ground runninginto it ancient , I could lead to a major upset.”
He has no motive to lack belief.
“The assurance has always been there, but [that the Czech Darts Open title] proved not just to myself to everyone else just how much of a hazard I’m when I am playing well,” he continued.
“If anything, it included a bit more pressure, since there’s a little more anticipation. I am probably seen as a potential winner of Euro Tours now since I have won one”
Players need to acclimatise into the’double-in’ format of the World Grand Prix but the BDO World Championship semi-finalist will not unsettle.
“I’ve played most of my career in double-in leagues, in lesser leagues, so I have a lot of expertise,” Hughes said.
“I do not try and do anything different [in training]… I only carry on with the exact routines. I am a bit of a creature of habit. I love to get into routines that are great, and I feel that is more important.
“You can throw away the form book out the window just a little bit when you do mix things up. It [the structure ] differs. The players aren’t going to be in that respect in form.
“It probably will be easier for audiences to freshen up things a little, because it will seem to be the same kind of gamers playing on the TV the whole time, so it can freshen this up with a couple more upsets if it did spice up things a little.”
For Hughes, he will revert to sort – . While many players choose to commit fulltime to the oche,”’Yozza’ has remained in employment.
Since he proceeds to climb through the rankings, staying busy has worked a deal for him. His match was never suited by playing.
“I did try it about 12 weeks before I changed [into the PDC],” he clarified. “It did not work very, and it had been a lot of darts. There was nothing [else]. It had been 24/7. This was a tiny bit too intensive. That’s the reason why I went back to do the job. I wanted to take my mind off the game.
“I was placing myself under a lot more pressure because I had been putting a lot more time in, hoping to have a lot more out. That won’t necessarily work like that.
“I’ve found my sport popped up once I began working again. It’s one of those kind of acts. You want to balance it . You need to give yourself a rest time that is fantastic in addition to obtaining the clinic in, and of course the travelling and matches.
“If you get the balance right, then great. I think that the balance isn’t too bad in the moment.”
Hughes knows what works for him personally and he does not have any lack of belief. He will be looking to show exactly what he is capable of.
You can hear the full meeting with Jamie Hughes about The Darts Show Podcast’s latest episode.
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