After his ear-defenders meltdown at the World Darts Championship, Gerwyn Price seems to have a new lease on life after a positive start to 2023.
Price stunned the darting world by emerging from a break wearing a pair of heavy-duty headphones during his quarter-final against Gabriel Clemens in a bid to drown out abuse from the Alexandra Palace crowd.
Then, immediately after his 5-1 defeat, he hit out at fans and threatened to never play at Ally Pally again, with many fans pondering if the 37-year-old would retire from darts altogether.
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However, Price has looked a happy man since then, even joking about his ear-defenders stunt among several light-hearted and positive posts on social media.
Last week, the Iceman reached the final of the Bahrain Darts Masters, where he was narrowly beaten by world champion Michael Smith. After the match, he cheekily suggested an alternative home for the World Championship.
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“Great week in Bahrain,” he posted on Instagram. “What a fantastic welcome we’ve had, loved every minute of it, met some amazing people, hopefully be back there again next year, I’m sure I heard Bahrain have put in a bid to host the World Championships.”
At the end of the message were heart eyes and shush emojis.
In a subsequent message, Price posted: “I have a Very good feeling about 2023 [heart eyes and darts emoji]. #LetsGo.”
The statement suggests Price has no immediate plans to walk away from the sport, although he has insisted he could still skip to World Championship at Ally Pally to avoid further abuse from fans.
Speaking in a recent interview with BBC Wales, he said of his World Championship campaign: "If I'd been given a fair crack and fair opportunity in those games the results could have been a lot different.
"If I'm going to go out of the tournament in the quarter-finals or last 16 it's pointless me even turning up. So if I can do well all year and if I can win a couple of majors then I don't have to go, you never know.”
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