Phil Taylor eyes role as ambassador to help promote the PDC after he retires at the end of the season

Phil Taylor has plans to become an ambassador for the PDC after he retires from playing at the end of the season.

The 57-year-old will bring an end to his glittering career, which has seen him win a record 16 world titles and countless other majors, after the 2018 World Championship.

Despite retiring from the professional circuit, Taylor’s 2018 is already looking to be a busy one, with the sport’s most successful player in high demand on the exhibition scene.

And Taylor is also hoping to help promote the PDC when he retires in an ambassadorial role which would see him travel around the world spreading the word about darts.

“(The darts) is going smashing, it really is,” said Taylor in an interview with TABtouch, the main sponsors of the Perth Darts Masters, which starts tomorrow.

“I will be like an ambassador so I will be coming over touring, and I will be doing parts of Australia what hasn’t seen the darts before.

“So it’s a chance to meet and greet and see how good they are and promote the game for the PDC as well.”

Taylor takes on home favourite Kyle Anderson in a mouth-watering first round tie in Perth tomorrow, with the clash pitting the two most recent winners on the World Series against each other over the best of 11 legs.

Anderson won his first televised title with victory in the Auckland Darts Masters two weeks ago, while Taylor made it seven out of eight World Series titles in Australia when he won the inaugural Melbourne Darts Masters last week.

Last month Taylor broke his own record of World Matchplay triumphs by winning the Blackpool title for a 16th time, but he insists his main focus for his final year still revolves around enjoying it.

“It’s time for me to go now,” Taylor said. “I’m 57, its taken its toll now. All the travelling and competitions, you’re under pressure week-in week-out and I’ve been under pressure for 30 years.

“I’m just going to enjoy it now and enjoy the rest of my career. I’ve got no pressure on me and I haven’t got to perform. I can go there and enjoy it really.”


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