Rafael van der Vaart makes professional darts debut at BDO Denmark Open
By Raz Mirza
Last Updated: 07/05/19 12:23pm
Former Ajax, Tottenham and Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart made his debut in professional darts at the BDO Denmark Open in Esbjerg.
The Dutchman kicked off with a fine 4-2 win over local player Thomas Anderson on Saturday, but his dream start did not turn into a memorable run.
It came to an end in the following match against another local player, Mogens "Turbo" Christensen, who represented Denmark at international level and is a former semi-finalist in the event.
Van der Vaart averaged just 54 as he was thrashed 4-0.
On Sunday, Van der Vaart suffered a 4-0 defeat to former WDF (World Darts Federation) World Cup runner-up Per Laursen.
The 36-year-old, who retired from football last year, lives in Esbjerg, where his partner, Dutch international handball player Estavana Polman, plays for the local team.
Wesley Harms defeated reigning champion Willem Mandigers 6-3 to win the men's crown on Saturday while Brian Raman beats Willem Mandigers 6-4 on Sunday. Fallon Sherrock won a ladies' title double after a 5-3 win against Mikuru Suzuki and she beat Anastasia Dobromyslova by the same scoreline on Sunday.
What comes next? Night 15 - Thursday, May 9 - FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
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