Berry van Peer suffers 'dartitis' during Gary Anderson defeat at the Grand Slam of Darts
Last Updated: 13/11/17 10:19pm
Berry van Peer struggled to contain his emotions during his defeat to Gary Anderson at the Grand Slam of Darts on Sunday.
The 21-year-old, a former World Youth runner-up, fell to a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the two-time world champion and was reduced to tears when he struggled to release his darts when stepping to the board in Wolverhampton.
The crowd at the Civic Hall initially failed to realise the significance of the Van Peer's troubles but by the end of the match were chanting his name.
Van Peer produced the shock of the opening round with a first-round victory over Simon Whitlock despite suffering from the condition and Anderson was the first to lead support for the Dutchman on social media after the match.
Van Peer told Sky Sports News: "You're just trying to do the basic things in darts - to throw your dart to the board.
"It actually feels like the ground is growing away from you.
"It's very destructive and you just have to keep trying."
What an inspiration @Berry_vp is to get up there in front of the crowd & play darts. You showed class & determination. I had to hold back the tears playing you very hard game! Hope you overcome it soon 👍🏻 lets hope people get behind you & support you!— Gary Anderson (@GaryAnderson180) November 12, 2017
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