PDC responded to Price's early exit by claiming he felt the venue because it was too cold
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Gerwyn Price withdrew from darts’ Players Championship 1 midway through a match, blaming “the absolutely pathetic conditions” in Wigan.
But a venue Price was later said to have felt was too “cold” failed to stop red-hot Luke Littler storming to the title on his Pro Tour debut and throwing another nine-darter along the way. Littler’s latest triumph came after Price withdrew from his last-16 match with Northern Ireland’s Brendan Dolan, who had been 4-2 ahead in a race to six legs.
Price, the 2021 world champion, later wrote on social media: “Absolutely pathetic conditions. Travel all the way to Wigan to play in a professional game and we have to play in less than amateur conditions. Never have I ever given a game up. Well that’s me out of tomorrow as well. Gutted because my game was really good today and I rely on these events so much.”
Price is nicknamed ‘The Iceman’ but recently changed his walk-on music from Vanilla Ice’s ‘Ice Ice Baby’ to Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’.
The Professional Darts Corporation said: “Gerwyn decided not to complete his match against Brendan Dolan and left the venue immediately. We understand he felt the venue was cold.”
Price had earlier beaten Matthew Dennant at Robin Park Tennis Centre before facing Dolan.
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