Adrian Gray

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Adrian Gray
Personal information
Nickname The Conqueror
Born (1981-02-28) 28 February 1981 (age 34)
Hastings, East Sussex, England
Home town St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex
England
Darts information
Playing darts since 1999
Darts 21g Target Adrian Gray
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Freestyler (1999) by Bomfunk MC's
Organisation (see split in darts)
PDC 2003–
Current world ranking 183
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Last 32: 2007
World Matchplay Last 32: 2007, 2008
World Grand Prix Quarter-finals: 2007
Ch'ship League Initial groups: 8th, 2008
Desert Classic Quarter-finals: 2008
UK Open Last 16: 2003
US Open/WSoD Last 64: 2007
Other tournament wins
Soft Tip Dartslive Asia Open 2014

Adrian Gray (born 28 February 1981) in Hastings, Sussex is an English darts player.

Career[edit]

He made his televised debut at the 2003 UK Open. Gray only began playing darts at the age of 18, and within three years had defeated notable players such as three-time world champion John Part.[1]

He made his debut in the PDC World Darts Championship in 2006, defeating Ronnie Baxter in the first round before losing to Darren Webster. An ever-present in the UK Open televised finals in Bolton, Adrian's run to the semi-finals at the Antwerp Darts Trophy in 2007 saw him earn a Stan James World Matchplay qualifying spot but he lost 10-12 to Kevin Painter in the first round.

Adrian had previously come through to win a place at the 2005 Las Vegas Desert Classic, where he overcame American John Kuczynski in the first round before going down to Ray Carver.

He produced a major upset at the 2007 World Grand Prix when he became only the third player in the history of the tournament to defeat Phil Taylor. Despite losing the first two legs of their first round match, Gray then rarely missed his starting double 16 and took five successive legs to move within one of the match. In the fourth leg of the second set, Gray hit back-to-back 180s and finished the match with a double seven to complete the shock result.

Hoping to build on his success over Taylor in Ireland, Gray suffered a disappointing first round exit from the 2008 World Championship, losing 3-2 to Mark Walsh. This was followed up by a disappointing 2008 UK Open, losing 9-4 to Chris Thompson in the third round. However, Gray bounced back in the 2008 Las Vegas Desert Classic, reaching the quarter-finals for the first time in the competition before being defeated by Taylor.

Gray suffered another first round exit in the 2009 PDC World Darts Championship in a 3-0 defeat against Newcastle-born Australian Paul Nicholson, losing all nine legs in the process and only managing one dart at a double.

In January 2012, Gray entered the PDC 'Q School'. On the third day of action he earned a PDC Pro Tour card with a 6-5 win over John Scott after also beating Geoff Kime, Steven Pearson and Brian Kirk before reaching the final stage.[2] His best result of 2012 came in October, when he reached the semi-finals of the 15th Players Championship.[3] He beat the likes of Brendan Dolan and Andy Hamilton, before losing 4–6 to Peter Wright.[4]

He went into 2013 ranked world number 74.[5] At the UK Open he beat Steve Brown, Connie Finnan and Dean Stewart to reach the fourth round, where he met Phil Taylor.[6] Taylor averaged 105 in the match as he comfortably beat Gray 9–2.[7] He advanced to the quarter-finals of the 10th Players Championship of the year where he lost 6–1 to Andrew Gilding.[8] Gray entered Q School in January 2014 and had his best run on the second day when he was beaten 5–4 by Stuart White in the last 32.[9] He did not do enough over the four days to earn a tour card and only had PDPA Associate Member status for 2014 which gave him entry to UK Open and European Tour qualifiers as well as the Challenge Tour.[10] He qualified for the UK Open and was whitewashed 5–0 by Ronny Huybrechts in the second round.[11] In April, Gray beat Yuji Eguchi to win the Soft Tip Dartslive Asia Open and $15,000.[12]

World Championship results[edit]

PDC[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Gray now lives in St Leonards-on-Sea in East Sussex. He is not yet a full-time professional - he makes his living as a carpet fitter, where he is a business partner with Colin Barnes. In 2006, Gray and Barnes were named East Sussex carpet fitters of the year - a title Gray referred to when interviewed on stage later that year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adrian Gray profile Planetdarts.tv
  2. ^ http://www.pdc.tv/page/NewsdeskDetail/0,,10180~2584021,00.html
  3. ^ "Adrian Gray 2012". Darts Database. Archived from the original on 6 December 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "2012 Killarney Pro Tour Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Order of Merit on 1 January 2013". PDC. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "2013 UK Open Fixtures". Darts Database. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Speedy Services UK Open - Fourth Round". PDC. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "2013 PDPA Players Championship Ireland Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "2014 PDC Tour Card Qualifying School Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "2014 PDC Qualifying School Day Four". PDC. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Coral UK Open - Friday Afternoon". PDC. 7 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "2014 Soft Tip Dartslive Asia Open Player Prize Money". Darts Database. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 

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