Taylor Eyes Tenth Grand Prix
Phil Taylor is looking to win his tenth World Grand Prix title when darts returns to our television screens for the first time in over two months in early October.
The Power goes into the tournament following back-to-back major title wins at the World Matchplay then European Championships in late July.
Taylor has been forced to undergo surgery on a troublesome left shoulder injury after doctors advised him to go under the knife, however, he is hopeful that he will be able to take up his place at the CityWest Hotel in Dublin.
“I’ve had a few problems with it for a while and it’s reached the stage where I need to get it done,” said the 51-year-old. “Don’t worry – I’ll be back.”
Taylor has been at loggerheads with Paul Nicholson of late, but put the Aussie-Geordie in his place by defeating him at the quarter-finals stage of the European Championships.
Nicholson accused Taylor of being a “bully” but the 15-time World Champion retorted by accusing Nicholson of being “disrespectful”.
“He can’t get into the Premier League because he’s not been as good as... but I hope he makes the cut next year,” said Taylor.
“It’s a different ball game and the crowds will rip him to shreds. God help him if he comes out with any more of his loose talk.”