Wayne Mardle again rules out darts comeback as it would ‘send body into spasms’

Popular Sky Sports commentator Wayne Mardle has reiterated he will not be coming out of darts retirement – a decade after quitting the sport.

The five-time World Championship semi-finalist called time on his career in 2012 after tumbling down the rankings, having struggled to cope with the pressure of the game at the top level.

Mardle has gone on to carve out a successful career in the media and is on duty at the current World Championship at the Alexandra Palace. He is also a darts coach and takes part in exhibitions.

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Known as Hawaii 501 for his loud shirts and comical walk-ons during his playing days, many fans would love to see the 49-year-old make a full comeback.

He was asked about the prospect on social media but his answer was clear while also giving an insight into why he retired in the first place.

Mardle, who regular regularly interacts with fans, tweeted: “No. I suffer with anxiety. The thought of playing a serious game of darts sends my body into spasms.”

Speculation was rife back in 2020, during the first Covid lockdown, that a Mardle comeback was on the cards after he won an online tournament by beating Raymond van Barneveld in the final.

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“They really riled me,” he explained at the time. “Someone on Twitter – I think he had about 300 or 400 followers – just typed back from nowhere saying: 'Ah so the comeback is on. Good stuff.'

“Then three or four people were saying things, then it turned to like 20 and I'm thinking, ‘I have got to stop this’, there is no comeback. This has all snowballed out of control

He added: “In the end Donna [his wife] looked at me as I was slumped in the corner in the lounge room and she said: ‘What’s the matter with you?’

“She said 'you look stressed?' I went: ‘I am.’ I said ‘they think there’s going to be a comeback’. It couldn’t be any further from the truth.

“I went: ‘I can just about hold it together when I’m in my own practice room, let alone under pressure, I don't want any of that malarkey.’”


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