Rising darts star Lewy Williams chats to The Darts Show Podcast, discussing his whirlwind begin to life on the PDC Pro Tour, ambitions for the coming years, and leaving his profession as a barber behind.
Last Updated: 14/10/21 3:47pm
Life is nice for Lewy Williams proper now.
After successful his PDC Tour Card for the first time at Q-School in 2021, the 19-year-old Welshman has kicked on and tailored to life at the prime desk.
The certified barber put his razor and scissors to 1 facet and is now hoping to make the minimize and take his place amongst the elite of world darts.
“It’s mostly the darts I’m doing now, concentrating, every day I’m doing at least four or five hours on the board, so there’s not much time for anything else” he mentioned on The Darts Show Podcast, explaining his choice to place his profession as a barber on maintain.
And his labours are starting to bear fruit.
“I was going into Q-School with a lot of confidence coming off the Challenge Tour, with a victory over Richie Burnett with a 117 average, getting to a final against Jim Williams,” he mirrored.
“But then I went into Q-School, I lost in the first round on the first day. I didn’t let my head drop. I got to semi-finals on the second day and semi-finals on the third day. I came away with enough points to get my Tour Card. The relief was unreal. It’s everyone’s goal to be on the tour. It was a dream come true really.”
And it did not take him lengthy to start out making waves. He shrugged off preliminary nerves to defeat Michael van Gerwen in his opening Pro Tour occasion.
“On my first day on the tour, I thought ‘wow, do I really deserve be here, being this young?’ Looking at all the lads you’ve seen on TV, your Michael van Gerwens, Gezzy Prices,” he defined.
“I didn’t have too many ambitions at the start. I just thought, ‘right, just go out there and enjoy it, throw your darts. You’ve made it onto the tour. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself’.
“But as I used to be entering into it, I used to be beating Michael van Gerwen on the first day of the Pro Tour, I used to be pondering ‘OK, right here we go then’.
“Since then I haven’t looked at it through ages or anything like that. I just feel like I definitely deserve to be there. The likes of Keane Barry, Adam Gawlas, I think we’re all quality players now. I think we all fit in really well and I think we all deserve to be there.”
And he’s set for one more landmark this weekend, when he makes his televised event debut at the European Championship Finals, getting drawn in opposition to Jose de Sousa in the first spherical.
And he isn’t discovered wanting for ambition.
“Recently, I’ve been putting a lot more effort in than I usually have,” he famous.
“[The aim is to] get a couple more scalps on the tour. I’ve made a quarter-final, the next thing to do is make a semi-final, then a final, then to win a [Pro] Tour eventually. Then to carry on, I’m loving darts at the minute. So I’m just going to take it as it comes.
“Just attempt to qualify for as many TV tournaments, Euro Tours, and many others, and already my first year I’ve certified for the European Championship Finals. I’ve achieved properly on my first Euro Tour in Budapest, touching the World Championship [qualification], so fingers crossed. It’s all going properly, and hopefully there are just a few TV tournaments to return as properly.”
And with Welshmen currently dominating the top table, Williams is hoping that those trends will continue.
“It’s superior to see. It’s secure to say that Welsh darts is in the greatest place it has ever been,” he said.
“What Jonny [Clayton] and Gezzy are doing is completely phenomenal. It’s an inspiration for everybody throughout the world.
“Especially where Jonny is coming from. He’s burst up in the last two years and started winning majors. He’s up to seventh in the world now obviously. Gezzy himself has only been on the tour six or seven years, but he’s now world No 1. It’s massive for Welsh darts. It’s definitely in a safe place at the minute.
“I’ve been actually shut pals with Jonny since I used to be about 13/14.
“We only lived about half hour from each other. Every local competition I’d go to, Jonny would be there. And he’d be exactly the same guy, laughing and joking. He’s such a wonderful bloke.”
Ten months into his skilled profession, Lewy Williams is simply getting began.
“Darts is definitely all I want to do now. I can definitely see a future in it,” he outlined.
“I’ve loved darts all my life, watching on TV with my dad, always playing, going down the pub having a couple of games of darts against the locals.
“But it is solely the final three years I’ve began knuckling down a bit actually. I’ve began focusing on it. Now that I’m on the Tour, I could make a extremely good residing out of it.”
Listen to the full interview on the newest episode of The Darts Show Podcast.