British Open returns for 2021

By WDF Official 14/12/2020

The WDF seems to be stirring, after a few months of quiet during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several recent announcements follow the recent virtual World Cup and now more news for the 2021 season.

The British Open has been a prestigious and continuous event within the BDO/WDF calendar since 1975. From Alan Evans through to Wesley Harms in 2019 the event was captured by almost all the great names of darts, with the notable omission of Phil Taylor. The WDF announced the return of the event for 2021 and confirmed its status as a Gold event in the statement below:

The World Darts Federation is pleased to confirm the addition of the British Open to the list of ‘Gold’ graded WDF ranked events for 2021.

Jointly promoted by the England Darts Organisation, Scottish Darts Association, and Welsh Darts Organisation, the event will take place at the Spa in Bridlington on the weekend of 15-17 October 2021, which will also include the ‘Silver’ graded British Classic.

The prestigious British Open is the seventh WDF ‘Gold’ event of 2021 to have been announced, with each forming part of a double header weekend, alongside a ‘Silver’ ranked tournament.

  1. Isle of Man Open
  2. German Open
  3. Denmark Open
  4. Welsh Open
  5. England Open
  6. British Open
  7. Irish Open

Three more ‘Gold’ events set to take place in North America, Asia & Australasia will be confirmed in the New Year for 2021.

The ‘Platinum’ graded Dutch Open, initially scheduled for February has now been postponed until September.

With the world of darts eager to return to competitive action, over 80 WDF ranked events have already been scheduled for 2021, including ‘Silver’ double headers now confirmed in Slovakia, Belgium, Sweden, England, Northern Ireland, and Italy.

Multiple tournaments have also been added to the WDF calendar in Canada, USA, Australia & New Zealand.

The hard work continues in planning the eagerly anticipated WDF World Masters and WDF World Championships.  We look forward to sharing all of the details as soon as these major events are finalised.



Full details on the Development of the WDF World Rankings Criteria for 2021 can be found here


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