Gottingen (dpa) – the german darts pros around top athlete max hopp missed the next home european championship and have to watch in the next days in gottingen.
Especially for hopp this is a heavy blow, he had reached the semifinals the year before and had only just failed against the later champion james wade from england. In the european order of merit, the best 32 professionals qualify for the tournament; "the maximiser" hopp currently ranks only 37th. Other professionals like gabriel clemens (rank 50) or martin schindler (rank 95) missed the gottingen-ticket even more clearly.
Saarlander clemens does not believe that the absence of the german players will have serious consequences. "I don’t think there’s a rough steamer. Of course it’s a pity, especially for the audience. But the top stars are here, and it’s sure to be a good tournament," clemens told the deutsche presse-agentur before the tournament begins on thursday (19.00 a.M./DAZN).