|Interview Simon Whitlock||Back||1||2||3||4||Forward|
Do you think the PDC players have got a higher standard then the BDO players?
Of course - there is a big, big difference.
And will playing them make you even better as well?
I am sure it will - it will help a lot.
At the moment you are on rank 98 in the Order of Merit - to really be able to earn your living with playing darts you probably would need to get at least under the top 32 - do you think playing the PDC tournaments regularly you can get there?
What I would like to reach of course would be the top ten. And I think I really can get there.
Do you think in the PDC playing darts is more some kind of a job and that there is not as much room for fun and camaraderie?
I think it is really a job - but for me it is the job I enjoy.
What and how do you practice?
I practice a lot. Mostly doubles and finishes.
Are you a full time Pro now?
Yes, I am - for a few years now.
By winning the Australian Grand Prix you are qualified fort he PDC World Championship . how do you assess your chances?
That is very difficult to say but of course I would like to get World Champion!
Will you do some kind of special preparation for this tournament?
Well, perhaps not something special. But I will practice much more for that.
You are a rather experienced player who's already played a World Championship final and some big tournaments - is it difficult for you to play before such a crowd?
Now, I wouldn't say it is. It only gets difficult when the crowd stands behind your opponent!
When you compare the BDO and the PDC crowds - is there a difference?
Of course there is - I think the BDO crowd is very quiet…
The format played during the competition gets longer and longer the farther one progresses - do you prefer a short or a long format?
I prefer the longer format - I like it much better.
What is your profession?
I am a bricklayer.
What are your hobbies?
Oh - I am very much interested in tropical fish and I like to grow my own vegetables.