The World Championship Darts started on Tuesday at Alexandra Palace. Reigning title holder Peter Wright was there too. With his victory he is now in the third round.

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Defending champion Peter Wright celebrated a tailor-made start at the Darts World Cup in London. The 50-year-old Scot beat Englishman Steve West 3-1 on the first day of the tournament at Alexandra Palace and is already in the third round. Second in the world, Wright had a bye to round one. In the third round, the world champion could meet Gabriel Clemens (Saarwellingen) or Nico Kurz (Nidderau).

On Tuesday night, Wright, who took the stage disguised as “Grinch”, was even allowed to play in front of nearly 1,000 fans, but it was a rare privilege.

Max Hopp plays on Wednesday

On Monday, the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) had to throw their spectator plans overboard in the short term. Due to the increasing number of corona cases, no public is allowed to enter the Ally Pally from Wednesday to December 23. For the game days after Christmas up to and including the final on January 3, it has not yet been determined whether spectators will be admitted again.

Max Hopp (Kottengrün) also has to play his first round match on Wednesday against Australian Gordon Mathers without fans (from 7 p.m. / Sport1 and DAZN). As number 31, Clemens only intervenes in the second round. On Monday he could meet Kurz and compete for the big duel with Wright.

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