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Lewy Williams: Rising Welsh star relishing the big time in impressive first year on the PDC Pro Tour
October 14, 2021
Rising darts star Lewy Williams chats to The Darts Present Podcast, discussing his whirlwind begin to life on the PDC Professional Tour, ambitions for the approaching years, and leaving his profession as a barber behind.
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Life is sweet for Lewy Williams proper now.
After successful his PDC Tour Card for the primary time at Q-College in 2021, the 19-year-old Welshman has kicked on and tailored to life on the high desk.
The certified barber put his razor and scissors to 1 aspect and is now hoping to make the lower and take his place amongst the elite of world darts.
“It is largely the darts I am doing now, concentrating, day by day I am doing a minimum of 4 or 5 hours on the board, so there’s not a lot time for anything” he stated on The Darts Present Podcast, explaining his choice to place his profession as a barber on maintain.
And his labours are starting to bear fruit.
“I used to be going into Q-College with a number of confidence coming off the Problem Tour, with a victory over Richie Burnett with a 117 common, attending to a closing towards Jim Williams,” he mirrored.
“However then I went into Q-College, I misplaced within the first spherical on the primary day. I did not let my head drop. I received to semi-finals on the second day and semi-finals on the third day. I got here away with sufficient factors to get my Tour Card. The reduction was unreal. It is everybody’s aim to be on the tour. It was a dream come true actually.”
And it did not take him lengthy to start out making waves. He shrugged off preliminary nerves to defeat Michael van Gerwen in his opening Professional Tour occasion.
“On my first day on the tour, I assumed ‘wow, do I actually deserve be right here, being this younger?’ Taking a look at all of the lads you’ve got seen on TV, your Michael van Gerwens, Gezzy Costs,” he defined.
“I did not have too many ambitions in the beginning. I simply thought, ‘proper, simply go on the market and luxuriate in it, throw your darts. You’ve got made it onto the tour. Do not put an excessive amount of strain on your self’.
“However as I used to be entering into it, I used to be beating Michael van Gerwen on the primary day of the Professional Tour, I used to be pondering ‘OK, right here we go then’.
“Since then I have not checked out it by way of ages or something like that. I simply really feel like I positively need to be there. The likes of Keane Barry, Adam Gawlas, I believe we’re all high quality gamers now. I believe all of us slot in rather well and I believe all of us need to be there.”
A dream debut on the ProTour for Lewis Williams!
The younger Welshman has overwhelmed Michael van Gerwen 6-5 to achieve the Final 16, in his first ever occasion as a Tour Card holder pic.twitter.com/PIq6qCayr0
And he’s set for one more landmark this weekend, when he makes his televised event debut on the European Championship Finals, getting drawn towards Jose de Sousa within the first spherical.
And he’s not discovered wanting for ambition.
“Just lately, I have been placing much more effort in than I normally have,” he famous.
“[The aim is to] get a pair extra scalps on the tour. I’ve made a quarter-final, the following factor to do is make a semi-final, then a closing, then to win a [Pro] Tour finally. Then to hold on, I am loving darts on the minute. So I am simply going to take it because it comes.
“Simply attempt to qualify for as many TV tournaments, Euro Excursions, and so on, and already my first 12 months I’ve certified for the European Championship Finals. I’ve finished properly on my first Euro Tour in Budapest, touching the World Championship [qualification], so fingers crossed. It is all going properly, and hopefully there are just a few TV tournaments to return as properly.”
And with Welshmen at the moment dominating the highest desk, Williams is hoping that these developments will proceed.
“It is superior to see. It is protected to say that Welsh darts is in one of the best place it has ever been,” he stated.
“What Jonny [Clayton] and Gezzy are doing is totally phenomenal. It is an inspiration for everybody all around the world.
“Particularly the place Jonny is coming from. He is burst up within the final two years and began successful majors. He is as much as seventh on the planet now clearly. Gezzy himself has solely been on the tour six or seven years, however he is now world No 1. It is huge for Welsh darts. It is positively in a protected place on the minute.
“I have been actually shut buddies with Jonny since I used to be about 13/14.
“We solely lived about half hour from one another. Each native competitors I would go to, Jonny can be there. And he’d be precisely the identical man, laughing and joking. He is such an exquisite bloke.”
Ten months into his skilled profession, Lewy Williams is simply getting began.
“Darts is unquestionably all I wish to do now. I can positively see a future in it,” he outlined.
“I’ve liked darts all my life, watching on TV with my dad, at all times taking part in, taking place the pub having a few video games of darts towards the locals.
“However it’s solely the final three years I’ve began knuckling down a bit actually. I’ve began specializing in it. Now that I am on the Tour, I could make a very good residing out of it.”
Take heed to the complete interview on the most recent episode of The Darts Present Podcast.