Van drives on after collapse
HOTEL FRIGHT CAN’T PUT BRAKE ON VINCENT DARTS
VINCENT VAN DER VOORT faces Brendan Dolan for a place in the quarter-finals of the PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix tonight – weeks after fearing his career was over.
The Dutch star has revealed that his shock first round exit to Ian White in the World Matchplay this summer had been overshadowed by his dramatic collapse only hours before the contest in Blackpool.
Van der Voort had passed out in his hotel room. He returned to the Netherlands and had extensive tests before being diagnosed as lactose intolerant.
He was initially told he would miss the rest of 2012, but has defied doctors by returning to action last month before seeing off Ireland’s William O’Connor in Dublin on Monday.
“I’d had a lot of problems with my back last year but as soon as I got that sorted, this came along,” revealed the 36-year-old.
“I hadn’t been feeling well since February, but everything came to a head in Blackpool in July.
“I actually passed out in my hotel room before I played Ian White in the World Matchplay.
“It was very frightening for me. I don’t remember anything about the match – only what people have told me since.
“Doctors told me it would be five months before I could play again.
“But I told them there was no chance of that because darts is my living, so we have had to create a special diet.
“I brought my own food over to Ireland, like my own bread, and it’s a big challenge to eat the right food when you’re away from home.
“It’s something for me to work on and I’m trying to become better than I was before.
“I’m about 80 per cent now and I still felt drained and tired after I played William.
“People who know me may have watched it and said ‘that’s not the real Vincent’ – and I have to make sure I’m going to be more healthy. It takes time.”
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