MICHAEL VAN GERWEN returns the scene of his first PDC major glory in a confident mood as he aims to become the first man in a decade to successfully defend the World Grand Prix title.
Van Gerwen, who first won the unique ‘double-in, double-out’ tournament in 2012 is bidding to triumph for the fifth time – having also sealed success in 2014,16 and 18.
“It would be nice to defend the title but it’s not something I will focus on too much,” said van Gerwen, the world number one.
“I believe I can win any match and any tournament I play in. I focus on each one of them at a time and the record books will take care of themselves.”
The Dutch star became World Champion for the third time in January and followed up that success by winning the Masters and Premier League but admits that his season will be defined in the next few months.
“I won some big tournaments already this year but was disappointed and disappointing in others like the World Matchplay so it is important to me to have a strong end of the year.
“The World Championship is the most important one of course, but the Grand Prix is a huge tournament which I enjoy and I feel confident about to going all the way next week.”