Michael van Gerwen makes his comeback this week
Michael van Gerwen is among the star-studded list of players who will be in action when the PDC Pro Tour resumes this week.
The world number one has kept a low profile since the coronavirus ground the darting calendar to a standstill, opting not to take part in the PDC Home Tour.
MVG is among the 128-strong contingent who will feature in the five-day darting gala starting on Wednesday in Milton Keynes’ Marshall Arena.
All of the sport’s big names will be involved, including Keegan Brown who returns to the oche after working for the NHS in recent months.
— Keegan Brown (@keegz180) July 3, 2020
The field is made up of 117 of the PDC’s 128 Tour Card holders, as well as 11 PDPA Associate Members from the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit.
And the players are relishing a return to some degree of normality.
“I need the adrenalin, I need the atmosphere. It just feels a lot different being in the environment with all the players,” Gerwyn Price told the PDC.
“Just playing when someone’s there against you. I just need that intensity.”
“I’m looking forward to seeing where my game is before the Matchplay,” added world champ Peter Wright.
“It’s going to be different… but at least we’re playing darts and getting back to what we love.”
There will be £75,000 in prize money for each of the five Players Championship events, with all winnings counting in the PDC Order of Merit.
PDC Summer Series confirmed entries
Martin Atkins (Wigan)
Mike De Decker
Jose De Sousa
Jeffrey De Zwaan
Kai Fan Leung
Benito van de Pas
Dimitri Van den Bergh
Vincent Van der Meer
Vincent van der Voort
Jitse Van der Wal
Dirk van Duijvenbode
Mike van Duivenbode
Michael van Gerwen
Darts returns to Sky Sports this month, with nine days of coverage from the World Matchplay.
It all gets underway on Saturday, July 18, and every day until the final on Sunday, July 26.