World number one Peter Wright has revealed he needed to take time off from darts after feeling like a “zombie” at tournaments.
Since winning his second world title in January, it has been a difficult 2022 for Snakebite, who has suffered a number of early exits from tournaments and struggled for form in the Premier League.
Wright remains in the all-important fourth spot and is on course for a play-off place, but Gerwyn Price is breathing down his neck after winning in Sheffield last week. The 52-year-old has also continued to be unsettled with his darts, regularly changing his equipment, often during matches.
And with the strain of a busy schedule taking its toll, Wright opted to miss last weekend’s Czech Darts Open in Prague and he intends to take another break ahead of the World Matchplay at the end of July.
“That was my idea, to take a little bit of time off to reset my arm and my concentration levels because I was walking into tournaments like a zombie, it was like the next one, the next one, the next one,” he told New Zealand darts podcast At The Oche.
“I hadn't been playing proper darts. I needed a couple of days just to reset myself. I know I've got a busy time coming up.
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“I'd like to win the Premier League and I've still got a chance and then, going to New York [for the US Masters], I’d love to go and win that, and obviously we've got the World Cup as well. It's all up for grabs.
“I take a little bit of time off here and there just to recharge the batteries and get the proper focus. I’m taking another weekend off soon just before the Matchplay. I want to give myself two weeks to prepare for the Matchplay. People do different things and you've got to do what feels right for yourself.”
Wright will be back in action on Thursday in the penultimate week of the regular season in the Premier League. Snakebite is due to face James Wade, who missed the Sheffield night because of illness, while Price, who is two points behind, takes on league leader Jonny Clayton.
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