High hopes for Italians at World Cup of Darts
By Jacopo Ghirardon 10/08/2021
Danilo Vigato and Michele Turetta will play for Italy at the 2021 World Cup of Darts. The tournament, played in the coastal town of Riccione (Bologna region), saw 47 players from all over Italy, including Sergio Krassen, a Dutch-born player with Italian citizenship who impressed during the Q-School earlier in the year.
Danilo Vigato, a three-time Italian FIGF Champion, beat 6-5 in a cracking final Francesco Raschini: from 0-4 behind, the player from Biella (Turin region) found six out of seven legs, including a break in 13. Michele Turetta, from Vicenza (Venice region), also won his ticket for the World Cup of Darts in the final winning the decider against Andrea Micheletti. A tense final with Turetta finding a 60 out at tops to win it.
For both players it will be their first time competing at the World Cup for Italy: Danilo Vigato played several times for Italy at WDF level, while Michele Turetta came just one point short of rescuing a Tour Card in the 2018 Q-School, competing also in several European Tour qualifiers in the following years.
It will be the 9th consecutive appearance for Italy at the World Cup: the Azzurri pair has never won a game in the competition, missing out by a single leg last year, with Daniele Petri and Andrea Micheletti against the Spanish pair made of Antonio Alcinas and José Noguera.
Despite being hugely affected by Covid, Italian Darts are still trying to grow in the international scene: a Silver ranked WDF event is going to take place in the last weekend of November, with Francesco Raschini well in the race to take part in the first WDF World Championship and Daniele Petri and Sergio Krassen both competing in the Challange Tour.
There is more positive news for Italian darts, the domestic season is going to start in September after two seasons of basically being cancelled because of covid and strong restrictions in Italy.
The game is growing fast but still in need of a strong push: a great result in the World Cup could be just that.
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