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Michael van Gerwen

Dutch professional darts player

Michael van Gerwen
Dutch professional darts player Source: Google

A professional Dutch darts player, Michael van Gerwen was ranked No. 1 in the world from 2014 to 2021 and is currently ranked No. 3 in the world. Additionally, he has won the PDC World Championship three times, in 2014, 2017, and 2019. One of the greatest players of all time is Van Gerwen.

Michael van Gerwen| Early Life and Family

On April 25, 1989, a darts genius named Michael was born in Boxtel, Netherlands. His father is Henri van Gerwen, and his mother is Wilma van Gerwen.

The three siblings of Michael are Samantha van Gerwen, Kevin van Gerwen, and Peggy van Gerwen.

Michael has cherished athletics ever since he was a young youngster. When he was 12 years old and playing football, he was a defender.

When he was 13 years old, he started to concentrate on darts. Then Michael started playing darts regularly. At the age of 14, Michael advanced to the Primus Masters Youth event final.

The German Open, German Gold Cup, Norwegian Open, Swedish Open, and Northern Ireland Open are just a few of the young player events he began winning in 2005. He also won the Dutch National Youth Championship and the German Open.

He also won the youth championships and launched the men’s events in Norway and Northern Ireland in the same year.

Before becoming a full-fledged professional darts player, Michael worked as a tiler.

Michael van Gerwen | Career

As previously noted, the Dutch dart player began playing at the age of 13 and become a pro at age 17.

As a teenager competing in multiple Open tournaments, Gerwen broke the record, taking the darts world by storm.

 

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With a strong throw on nine darts in 2007, Gerwen defeated dart players like Raymond van Barneveld. That same year, he also had a clean sweep over Phil “The Power” Taylor.

Later, after making it to two PDC Youth World Championship finals, he improved and enjoyed himself, which led to a stunning career turnaround.

Additionally, as time went on, Michael won a number of titles and in 2011 was voted Young Player of the Year.

With his greatest efforts, Gerwen won seven Pro Tour and World Grand Prix championships. The Dutch player came within one dart of becoming the first to pull off the feat in back-to-back legs.

PDC career

Van Gerwen was placed at number 88 in the first PDC World Rankings. He was a BDO player who had already qualified for some BDO events in his home country before switching to the PDC. This includes the Open Holland in 2006, where he took first place.

He made his PDC debut on January 20 at the non-televised Stan James Players Championships in Gibraltar, defeating Andy Hamilton before losing to fellow countryman Roland Scholten in the round of 16.

 

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He made his PDC televised debut at the 2007 UK Open, where he was defeated by Colin Osborne in the round of 32. Van was one leg from winning at 12-10 when Ronnie Baxter eliminated him in round two of the World Matchplay in Blackpool. His attempt to enter the 2007 Las Vegas Desert Classic was unsuccessful.

He faced Phil Taylor in the first round of the 2008 PDC World Championship; interestingly, he just needed one dart at double 12 to win the match and defeat the 13-time world champion. Taylor would not have made it to another PDC World Championship Final, breaking an extraordinary streak.

In the quarterfinals of that year, Wayne Mardle broke Taylor’s winning streak.

Awards and Achievements

  • World Championship – 2014, 2017 & 2019
  • Premier League – 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019
  • World Matchplay – 2015 & 2016
  • World Grand Prix – 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 & 2019
  • European Championship – 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017
  • Grand Slam of Darts – 2015, 2016 & 2017
  • The Masters – 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019
  • Champions League – 2019

 

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Net Worth and Salary

Michael has had a highly successful and famous career in darts history. This has resulted in his earning enough money from sports to live comfortably.

From winning tournaments, he has accumulated roughly $5 million. Michael earns money from sponsorship and endorsement deals just like all athletes do.

Michael van Gerwen had a net worth of around $6 million as of 2022.

Numerous well-known companies in the UK and Holland sponsored the Dutch player and contributed capital. The Dutch player has had endorsements from Leyland Trade, Van Mossel Automotive, Tv, XQ Darts Max, Keuken Concurrent, and other businesses.

Retirement

In 2017, the darts player made his retirement announcement. The retirement, however, did not go into effect. He quickly returned and has been playing ever since.

Michael Van Gerwen: Body Measurements

Darts player Michael Van Gerwen was born in 1989. He is currently 33 years old.

When it comes to his physical appearance, Michael has an athletic build. He has a 32-inch waist, and his biceps are 15 inches in length.

He maintains a healthy diet and exercises every day. Likewise 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing roughly 85 kilograms, the Dutch player is also quite tall.

World Champion

In his first two World Championship games, Van Gerwen triumphed over Christian Kist and James Wilson, respectively. Despite losing seven straight legs, Van Gerwen overcame Price 4-2 in their third-round clash.

In the quarterfinal, Raymond van Barneveld will go up against Van Gerwen. With 4 sets to 3 advantage, Van Gerwen was throwing first in set eight when van Barneveld took out 84 in the set’s fifth leg after Van Gerwen missed a match dart at double 12. After this significant outcome, the match entered the deciding set.

 

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Van Gerwen held his throw in the following leg to claim a 5-4 victory. Van Gerwen faced Rob Cross, a first-time World Championship competitor, in the semifinal. After throwing the first eight sets, van Gerwen broke to take a 5-4 lead.

Van Gerwen dropped his throw in set 10’s opening throw, falling behind two legs to one. In the fifth leg of the set, which he would have been throwing for the entire match, he then missed six darts, which allowed Cross to enter the fray and tie the match at five sets apiece.

Controversies

The “Coughing” incident

In 2022, Luke Humpries attacked Michael for employing unethical methods. Michael is said to have started coughing while Luke was on the oche trying to win the match.

When Michael exited the match, Humpries was furious. However, Luke has refuted Michael’s claims that his coughing was a ploy.

The “Beer” incident

During the 2018 World Darts Championship, beer was thrown in the direction of Michael van Gerwen, the champion.

Behind the walk-on, the area is where the incident took place. Michael awaited the audience’s introduction. But immediately, a bystander threw a beer his way.

Michael and his bodyguard were covered in alcohol, and the player wasn’t sure how to react.

Despite being horrified by the situation, Michael said he felt helpless to do anything about it. The incident required Michael to go back and change his shirt, delaying the start of the match.

Michael Van Gerwen Relationships| Wife and Kids

The woman the world champion first fell in love with is now his wife. whose name is Daphne Govers. The union took place in August 2014.

They have been married for a long time, and their love is still strong. On social media, the couple doesn’t hold back while professing their love for one another.

 

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The two kids that Michael and Daphne have made them happy parents. Three years after being married, in August 2017, they had their first child. Their gorgeous daughter was given the name Zo van Gerwen.

In 2020, the couple also had a second child. Their child is named Mike van Gerwen.

Social Media Presence

Facebook: Michael van Gerwen (331k followers)

Instagram: @mvg180 (302k followers)

Twitter: @MvG180 (384.4k followers)

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FAQS

What does Michael do except throw darts?

Michael enjoys playing football and is a sports enthusiast. PSV Eindhoven, a squad from the Netherlands, is his favorite football team.

Is Dutch dart player Michael Van Gerwen retired?

Even though Michael Van Gerwen declared his retirement in 2017, he is still getting ready for the resumption of Premier League Dart.

Quick Facts

Full Name Michael van Gerwen
Nickname MVG, Might Mike
Date of birth April 25, 1989
Religion Christianity
Nationality Dutch
Ethnicity White
Age 33 years old
Zodiac sign Taurus
Chinese Zodiac Snake
Place of birth Boxtel, Netherlands
Laterality Right-handed
Darts 21.5 g Winmau
Walk-on music “Seven Nation Army”  by The White Stripes
Hobbies Acting, Watching movies, Taking his dog on a walk
Food Habit Non – Vegetarian
Sexual Orientation Straight
Father’s name Henri van Gerwen
Mother’s name Wilma van Gerwen
Siblings Three (Samantha van Gerwen, Kevin van Gerwen, Peggy van Gerwen)
Profession Professional darts player
Current world ranking Three
Active Since 2002
Sponsors Machineseeker, dartshop.tv and Keuken Concurrent, and Truck Scout 24
Height 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Chest size 32 inches
Biceps size 15 inches
Waist size 32 inches
Shoe size 8.5 (U.S.)
Eye color Grey
Marital status Married
Wife Daphne Govers (m. 2014)
Children Two (Zoë van Gerwen, Mike van Gerwen)
Net worth $6 million

 

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