Teenage sensation Adrian Lewis will be looking to make a big impression when the Skybet World Grand Prix gets underway in Dublin tomorrow.
The 19-year-old only started playing the game a year ago but he has already tasted success by winning the Chris de Roo Open in Holland.
Lewis defeated Denis Ovens and Colin Lloyd on his way to the title and he faces another quality opponent in Welshman Richie Burnett at the Citywest Hotel tomorrow evening.
The Stoke-based thrower has been working with defending champion Phil Taylor and ‘The Power’ believes he has the ability to reach the very top if he continues to work hard.
“He is a really good player,” said 11-times world champion Taylor, who plays qualifier Andy Callaby in the opening round.
“He’s proved against me in practice that he is good enough to beat anybody on the circuit, so now it’s up to him to prove he can do it under pressure on the big stage.
“His talent is now beginning to show in tournaments, though. He has all the attributes to be a top player, he just needs to get them all in the same package,” Taylor told www.planetdarts.co.uk.
Second seed John Part, who lost to Taylor in last year’s final, faces a tough first-round clash with Ronnie Baxter tomorrow night, while third seed Lloyd comes up against Ovens.
Stan James World Match Play runner-up Mark Dudbridge plays former world number one Peter Manley in another mouth-watering encounter on Tuesday.
And the Irish fans will be hoping veteran Jack McKenna can reproduce the form he showed two years ago when he takes on Dennis Priestley.