Whitlock out of Grand Slam
World number five Simon Whitlock has withdrawn from the Grand Slam of Darts following an operation on a broken bone in his ankle.
The Aussie sustained the injury when slipping at last Saturday’s Players Championship event in Benidorm. He then withdrew from Sunday’s event and further tests revealed a broken bone leading to minor surgery on the ankle.
“I'm extremely disappointed to be missing Wolverhampton, but will be watching with the fans,” said the 42-year-old.
Whitlock was priced at a generally available 14/1 to win the Grand Slam having twice made the quarterfinals in the tournament. Ian White who won the all important third/fourth play-off in Friday’s Grand Slam qualifier will now replace him in Wolverhampton next week.
The draw for the William Hill sponsored Grand Slam of Darts group stages will be made on Monday evening.
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