Peter Wright’s wife designed her Christmas outfits ‘on her deathbed’ as Snakebite prepares for her world title defense

Peter Wright will head to the Cazoo World Championship feeling more festive than ever after his wife managed to design her Christmas-themed outfits from “her deathbed”.

Snakebite is trying to become the fourth different player in history to successfully defend the title after Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson, but the final month of an inconsistent season has been hit by illness for Jo, who played a central role in its rise. and duration at the top of the sport.

During November’s Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton, she was rushed to A&E with a collapsed lung and other complications which doctors linked to a previous gallbladder removal operation.

Wright naturally chose to miss the Players Championship final due to his wife’s ongoing issues, but thankfully she is recovering quickly and planning more colorful outfits and goofy hairstyles so he can entertain darts fans with to Alexandra Palace.

The 52-year-old, who wore a white beard and an elf hat during a Zoom interview, said: “Jo is doing better, she has received good news from the surgeon that she has been through the worst and that she is on the mend. It is a great relief. I can continue with the darts now.


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“It’s been horrible for all of us, not knowing what’s going to happen. But we’ve been through the worst. She’s on the mend and that’s the most important thing.

“I’ve been throwing on the board for the last month, but I haven’t really thrown darts, I’ve just thrown them on the board. But tonight, and over the next few days, I’m going to prepare. This [his game] Feel better. With the relief, I feel really good now.”

When the discussion turned to the Christmas-themed outfits he would wear on the oche, Jo chimed in to joke, “They’ll probably be crap this year because I designed them from my deathbed. !”

Wright added: “I grew a beard but I don’t know, I could get bored and shave. We have a few outfits. Jo designed them, not me, I have nothing to do with It should be funny.

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Wright starts the Sid Waddell Trophy defense Thursday night against Micky Mansell or Ben Rob and is confident he can have another long run even if he’s not at his best this season.

Snakebite has ‘only’ won just a handful of titles since his January exploits as he suffered early exits from five major tournaments – including a shock exit from the group stage at the Grand Slam of Darts when his mind was on. obviously concerned about Jo’s health.

Even when Wright enjoyed a deep run to the World Grand Prix semi-finals, it ended in a humiliating 4-0 loss to Michael van Gerwen, while other disappointments include his fifth place finish in the Premier League and the manner of his world quarterback. final defeat against Dimitri Van den Bergh.

However, some of the mid-season blip was partly due to his own health issues with gallstones and he finished the year with a season average of 97.42 – which is still comfortably in the top 10.

Despite being world number two, he heads into the tournament as the fifth seed, but the underdog label doesn’t bother him.

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He said: “I’m going to do well. I’m not worried about the draw, I just have to play against the person in front of me. I know what to do to win it, so I’ll get Sid back. [the Sid Waddell Trophy] early next year.

“Whoever is going to beat me has to play well. It’s not just me who’s going to say that, it’s Michael [Van Gerwen]Gizzy [Price], Michael Smith, Luke Humphries, Nathan Aspinall, all these guys will feel confident. If you don’t believe in your own abilities, you shouldn’t play.

“I’d rather the bookies and pundits talk to everyone and leave me in the background. Then all of a sudden I’ll be there! I like to be the underdog rather than the favorite and consider myself the ‘underdog in all my matches, because it works for me.”

“It’s been a year of ups and downs. I was far from my best earlier in the season because of my gallbladder issues, then I missed World Series events because of my surgery. .

“But when I came back, I won a European Tour event and reached another final, but it got even worse because of other things in the background!”

On the big favorite van Gerwen, his rival added: “I would be the favorite if I had also won four major tournaments.

“The bookmakers are right, he comes into the tournament playing good darts. So he’s going to be dangerous, but you have to deliver him on the Ally Pally stage and he hasn’t on this stage for a long time.

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One of the main threats in his quarter is Josh Rock and he has no doubt that he will continue to get better and better.

Wright said: “He hit the road running and he’s a very good player. The advantage he has is that he’s young, he’s not afraid of anyone and he wants to beat the best players. of the world. That’s the kind of attitude you need and it’s good for darts.

“To be honest, I was so good when I was 21, but I gave up twice! Age doesn’t really matter – as long as you can stand up and throw darts.”

  • The Cazoo World Darts Championship can be watched exclusively live on Sky Sports from December 15 to January 3.

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