Michael van Gerwen cooks Christmas dinner in hotel window in darts ‘bubble’
Darts superstar Michael van Gerwen had to get creative for his coronavirus-affected Christmas dinner.
The Dutchman spent December 25th in his hotel room isolating, as part of the bubble players are having to keep themselves in.
With the World Championship underway at Alexandra Palace this winter, everyone featuring is having to stick to the Covid-19 protocols.
With London now under Tier 4 restrictions, Van Gerwen has made plenty of sacrifices to ensure he has a chance at winning the tournament for a fourth time.
The dad of two had planned to spend Christmas at home in the Netherlands with wife Daphne, his three-year-old daughter, Zoë, and baby boy, Mike Jr.
But those hopes were dashed when the UK borders were closed to the rest of Europe due to fears over the new Covid-19 variant, and Van Gerwen had to act fast.
He subsequently spent Christmas Day in his hotel room in London, although he at least had fellow players Vincent van der Voort and Dirk van Duijvenbode for company.
Van Gerwen was desperate to not miss out on a traditional feast, and his efforts with a grill on his window ledge were certainly admirable.
The 31-year-old posted snaps of himself cooking, with pigs in blankets and mushrooms among the food being dished up.
Van Gerwen even had some salt and pepper to hand to add some extra taste.
He captioned the Twitter post: “Christmas Dinner finally with @VvdV180, @Duivee, @ModusDarts180 – Face with tears of joyFace with tears of joyFalafelCut of meatBacon – watch out @GordonRamsay, @ChefTomKerridge.”
Speaking to Sky Sports on Christmas Eve too, he knew what the special day would have in store for him and how hard it would be not spending it with his family.
Van Gerwen said: "On Christmas Day we have a meal together, but the rest of the time it's just darts. But that's the same every year.
"This is the first year with my son's Christmas, so that's a bit different. But what can you do? I'm a professional so I know what to do to win titles.
"I'm stuck in my room this year. Luckily, I have enough space and I have a few bits and bobs to make sure I'm comfortable. I'll probably go and practice and prepare myself for my third-round match so the only thing I can think about is preparing myself for that.
"My good friend Vincent van der Voort is in the room next to me and we have a connecting door so we share a lot of time together. That makes things a bit easier for yourself. On the 26th, we're going to have our third (coronavirus) test but the only thing that counts for me is this world championship.
"My family are used to not having me around over Christmas and New Year's Eve."
Van Gerwen may have turned chef on Christmas Day, but come Boxing Day his focus will return to beating next World Championship opponent 'Rapid' Ricky Evans in the third round on Sunday, December 27.
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