William Hill Grand Slam of Darts qualifiers confirmed

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The field of qualifiers for the William Hill Grand Slam of Darts has been confirmed.

The 32-player Grand Slam of Darts brings together champions and major finalists from both the PDC and BDO/WDF circuits, who compete in nine days of action at the Wolves Civic.

Play initially sees players drawn into eight four-man groups for the round-robin stage before the top two from each progress to the knockout phase from the last 16 onwards.

This year’s Grand Slam of Darts field will be spearheaded by reigning champion Raymond van Barneveld (pictured), PDC World Champion Phil Taylor and Lakeside Champion Scott Waites, who are both former Wolverhampton winners.

Their rivals will include World Grand Prix and Premier League Darts champion Michael van Gerwen, European Champion Adrian Lewis, World Youth Champion Michael Smith and former major title winners Robert Thornton, Simon Whitlock, Kevin Painter and Christian Kist.

The field also includes players who have reached major finals within the past two years, including Wes Newton, Andy Hamilton, Gary Anderson, Mervyn King, Kim Huybrechts, Mark Webster and Tony O’Shea, plus World Youth Championship runner-up Ricky Evans.

Semi-Finalists from the previous two Grand Slam of Darts events, PDC World Championships and Lakeside Championships also qualify, meaning that Dean Winstanley, Mark Walsh, James Wade, Ted Hankey, Wesley Harms and debutant Richie George will also compete in Wolverhampton.

With 26 players having already qualified for the William Hill Grand Slam of Darts a further six places remain on offer for the finalists of the World Grand Prix, Championship League Darts and the new PDC event, The Masters, as well as for the PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion.

With The Masters being held from November 1-3 in Edinburgh, the Grand Slam of Darts Wildcard Qualifier, which will see any remaining places in the tournament filled at this knockout, will take place if needed on Monday November 4 in Wigan.

Entry for the Grand Slam of Darts Wildcard Qualifier is now open, and will be limited to 256 players. Entry is now available, costing, £30, and can be made through the PDC Online Entry System at http://pdclive.servasport.com/register.html.

The William Hill Grand Slam of Darts will be held from November 9-17 at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall. Tickets are available now by calling the Wolves Civic Box Office on 0870 320 7000, visiting www.wolvescivic.co.uk or at the Midland Box Office in Queen Square, Wolverhampton.

Players Qualified So Far (26) Gary Anderson Ricky Evans Richie George Andy Hamilton Ted Hankey Wesley Harms Kim Huybrechts Ronny Huybrechts Mervyn King Christian Kist Adrian Lewis Wes Newton Paul Nicholson Tony O’Shea Kevin Painter Michael Smith Phil Taylor Robert Thornton Raymond van Barneveld Michael van Gerwen James Wade Scott Waites Mark Walsh Mark Webster Simon Whitlock Dean Winstanley

 

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