WDF Update – April 2020

With restrictions in place worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, inevitably there have been a number of WDF event cancellations and postponements.

We would like to commend each of the national governing bodies for their efficiency and communication with the WDF during this time.  The primary concern for us all remains with the safety and welfare of the players.

The following senior WDF ranked events have been cancelled for 2020.

GERMANY – Sylt Masters/Open (March 13-15)
HUNGARY – Budapest Classic/Masters (March 13-15)
USA – White Mountain Shootout (April 17-19)
AUSTRALIA – Murray Bridge Grand Prix (April 24-26)
DENMARK – Open/Masters (May 1-3)
LITHUANIA – Open/Vilnius Open (May 8-10)
FINLAND – Masters/Open (May 15-17)
SWITZERLAND – Open/Helvetia Open (June 5-7)
CANADA – Open (June 19-21)

The following senior WDF events have been postponed, with the intention of confirming new dates for 2020 (unless already rearranged as stated).  Should any of the following be unable to reschedule, we will announce in due course.

FAROE ISLANDS – Torshavn/Open (March 14-15) — New date : October 24-25
GREECE – Open/Acropolis Open (April 3-5)
ICELAND – Open/Masters (April 10-12) — New date : September 5-6
NEW ZEALAND – South Island Masters (April 10-12)
AUSTRALIA – Victoria Easter & Geelong Singles (April 10-12)
GERMANY – Open/Masters (April 17-19)
ESTONIA – Open/Masters (April 17-19)
USA – Charlotte Open (April 17-19) — New date : June 19-21
NEW ZEALAND – North Island Masters (April 24-26)
USA – Cleveland Extravaganza (May 1-3)
WALES – Classic/Open (May 8-10)
AUSTRALIA – Sunshine State Classic (May 22-24)
POLAND – Open/Masters (May 22-24)
TURKEY – Mediterranean Open/Masters (May 22-24)
SLOVENIA – Open (May 29-31)
AUSTRALIA – Pacific Masters (August 2)

I am liaising with the nations and the WDF Sports Administrator on a daily basis to keep the WDF calendar in order with as few date clashes as possible and to ensure that all updates are published at the earliest opportunity.

Please keep up to date with all WDF calendar updates HERE

Despite the current restrictions both nationally and internationally, long term development work continues and we look forward to making some major announcements in the months ahead.

None of us know exactly how long WDF tournament play will be ‘on hold’ and all we can do is focus on the future of our system.  Right now, the health and wellbeing of everyone associated with the sport of darts worldwide is the priority and we would like to take this opportunity to send our very best wishes to you all.

Richard Ashdown
WDF Chief Development Officer
Picture of Richard Ashdown on World Cup Stage 2019 Romania