Darts star Dirk van Duijvenbode has a NIGHTMARE walk-on as he tumbles to the floor while hyping himself up – picking up an injury before recovering to win his match
- Darts star Dirk van Duijvenbode endured a memorable weekend walk-on
- The Dutchman danced around the stage to drum and bass music on Saturday
- But overcooked a jump and fell backwards onto the oche in front of thousands
Darts walk-ons are famous for over-the-top music, dad dancing and players attempting to hype a costume-clad crowd up before the match gets underway.
But one player took things to a new and unfortunate level on Saturday when Dirk van Duijvenbode endured a nightmare introduction before his match against Dylan Slevin.
The Dutchman is known for his crazy walk-ons where he gets the crowd on their feet by dancing to drum and bass music – usually played by DJ Radical Redemption.
He did exactly that at the WTC Expo in Leeuwarden but paid the price for a leap in the air that saw Van Duijvenbode clatter to the floor.
The 30-year-old got on stage throwing his arms around as he emphatically danced to the bass tune and decided to take things to the next level by jumping in the air as the song reached its peak.
Darts star Dirk van Duijvenbode took a tumble in his pre-match walk-on at the weekend
The 30-year-old danced emphatically to drum and bass music before his encounter in Holland
But overcooked a jump and fell to the floor during his pre-match dance routine
Upon landing he took a stumble backwards before falling over on the edge of the oche and landing on his backside.
The embarrassed player then gets back to his feet and surprisingly continues where he left off by pumping his arms out from his chest while hobbling on one leg.
Van Duijvenbode appeared to injure his right-leg in the process and had to limp to his on-stage player table to arrange his darts before the game got underway.
His dancing moves may be questionable but injury didn’t prevent the world number 11 from overcoming his Irish opponent in a hard-fought 6-5 win.
After clinching victory, Van Duijvenbode stated that he was concerned he had suffered serious damage to his leg, telling HLN: ‘I’m afraid of my meniscus or posterior cruciate ligament.
Van Duijvenbode (left on floor) later revealed the pain suffered from the fall caused him to throw up
‘I felt very good about myself, but now I fear that I have to take a step back.
‘We have such a busy schedule that it is also difficult to have an operation. Anyway, I don’t know what’s going on yet.’
He additionally revealed that the pain caused by the fall later made him throw up and explained that he only returned to face Stephen Bunting the next day because of the home crowd in attendance.
Van Duijvenbode added: ‘I was puking from the pain on Saturday. Even now I don’t feel well.
‘In another country I probably wouldn’t have thrown because I was in a lot of pain. But because it was in the Netherlands, I didn’t want to give up,’ he added.