As Yozza makes his debut at the 2020 William Hill World Darts Championship on December 14, the Tipton ace reveals that he’s really looking forward to making his first appearance at Alexandra Palace, and he’s not showing any mercy.
Ahead of Saturday, Hughes admits that he’s there to do a job and will win at all costs.
“I’m really looking forward to it.” Said Hughes. “I said when I won my tour card in January that the World Championship was the main aim and I’ve achieved qualification for that, so I’m just hoping for a good run now and that would be the icing on the cake for me.”
After a solid first year on-tour, Hughes concedes that his form on the pro-tour wasn’t quite to his liking, but insist that his performances on the European Tour and in the televised majors has given him extra motivation ahead of Ally Pally.
“Yes, I’m very happy with how the year has panned out.” Said Hughes. “It’s not been the best year on the floor in the Players Championship events – that’s something I’ll be looking improve on next season. My form on the European Tour was very satisfactory and playing in all the Majors was a great experience.”
In terms of Hughes’ performances in TV events, Yozza admits that given him extra motivation moving forward as a PDC professional.
“Yes, I’ve gained some invaluable experience this year – mixing it with the world’s best, hopefully that experience comes through at the World Championship.”
On the prospect of facing Zoran Lerchbacher on December 14, Hughes concedes that he’s there to concentrate on his own game, regardless of the opposition.
Concentration and focus
“I don’t tend to think about the opposition,” said Hughes. “I just try to get myself in the best frame of mind possible to perform to the best of my ability on a consistent level.”
Hughes also paid homage to MDA Promotions as his debut year comes to a close, insisting that MDA have really inspired him to reach the next level in his career.
“MDA have helped me and my game massively.” Said Hughes. “Matt [Ward] has been great with all his support – which no-one sees or hears about. Not just this year, but last year too and it’s really spurred me on to achieve things in the game as a reward for his continuous support.”
Story by Tom Beresford