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PDC adds World Series of Darts event in Germany

The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) has expanded its World Series of Darts series with the addition of a new event in the German city of Düsseldorf.

The German Darts Masters becomes the seventh international event on the PDC’s World Series calendar and the inaugural edition of the two-day competition will take place this year from October 20-21.

The 16-man event will feature eight PDC professionals as well as two German players from the PDC Order of Merit and a further six darters from regional qualifying events in the country. German Max Hopp (pictured) is expected to make his World Series of Darts debut this year after being invited to compete in the PDC U.S. Masters in July.

Players will compete in the preliminary round of matches on the first day of the event, before play concludes on the second day with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

Barry Hearn, chairman of the PDC, said: “Darts in Germany is making massive strides, both with the impact of Max Hopp in recent years and the incredible growth of the European Tour, and it will be another big step forward for them to host a World Series of Darts event.

“This tournament will be the perfect way to end the year's global tour of events as we build up to November's World Series of Darts Finals in Scotland, and is a great addition to the calendar.”

This year’s World Series of Darts began last month with the Dubai Darts Masters, which was won by Scotland’s Gary Anderson.