Van Gerwen relishing opportunity

Michael van GerwenMichael van Gerwen (3/1 tournament outright) admits he is raring to go in his bid for a second World Grand Prix title in Dublin.

The 25-year-old’s victory at the World Grand Prix two years ago was his first major crown, the Dutch maestro defeating Mervyn King in the final.

He has gone on to win a host of top tournaments, including the World Championship in January and last year’s Premier League.

Van Gerwen is now targeting a repeat of his 2012 success when he takes to the stage in Dublin and says he is “fired up” for the unique double-start format.

“Winning the World Grand Prix two years ago was a big moment in my career,” he said.

“It gave me a lot of confidence to go on and win the big titles I have since and I can’t wait to get back to Dublin to try and win another.

“It’s a great city and a great event and I’m fired up to try and get another tournament win.”

Van Gerwen begins his quest for glory against fellow Dutchman Vincent van der Voort in a first-round tie on Tuesday (Match betting: Van Gerwen 1/8, Van der Voort 5/1) and insists he will not underestimate his opponent.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Vincent and we are very close friends and that makes it a very difficult game,” van Gerwen added.

“We will be both be professional and try as hard as we can to get the victory because we know how important this tournament is.”

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