Six was the magic number for James this weekend in the first European Tour, which took place at the Ostermann Arena, Leverkusen, Germany.
James defeated his first four opponents winning six legs each time and securing his place in the semi-finals.
James’s first match on Friday saw him take a 6-3 win over Steve Beaton.
This was a pattern that was set to continue in Saturday’s match against Jelle Klaasen where again, James won 6-3.
Sunday afternoon’s round three saw James win against Michael Smith, 6-4 which led him through to the evening session where he was to meet Mervyn King in the Quarter-finals.
A 6-4 win for James saw him take his semi-final oche position against Peter Wright, who went on to win the best of 13 legs match 7-4.
James will next play Easter Weekend 30th March – 2nd April in the second European Tour, which will be taking place in Munich, Germany and broadcast live on PDC TV.
Following on from his success in February in the first two European Tour qualifying rounds, success continued for James today as he took the double to secure his place in rounds three and four of the Darts Open taking place in April in Germany and Austria respectively.
James, who is ranked number 10 in the PDC Order of Merit, and is a two-time winner of the Open, initially secured his place in the German Darts Open with a 6-4 win over John Bowles and then went on to firm up his place for the Austrian Darts Open with a win against Ricky Williams, again 6-4.
Butlin’s Minehead Resort was the place to be this weekend for all darts fans, which hosted this year’s Coral UK Open Finals.
Play began on Friday, with James Wade stepping up to the oche for his first match during the third-round evening session, which saw him take a 10-6 win over Simon Stevenson.
Play continued for James on Saturday afternoon which after an impressive match, saw him defeated by David Pallett 10-6.
James will next play in the European Tour UK Qualifying rounds Three and Four, taking place in The Barnsley Metrodome on March 9th.
It was a treble celebration for James, who was back on top form last weekend at the Barnsley Metrodome.
On Friday, two-time European winner James defeated both Paul Nicholson and John Part (6-4) to qualify for 2018’s first European Darts Open taking place between March 23-25 in Leverkusen.
He then went on to make it a double beating Martin Lukeman (6-4) and Matthew Edgar (6-1) to qualify for the German Darts Grand Prix taking place in Munich over the Easter weekend.
On Saturday, celebrations continued when James reached the final of the Players Championship which saw him named runner-up to Michael van Gerwen (6-4).
James’s run to the final started with a last leg victory over Paul Rowley (6-5) followed by a run of excellent darts seeing him beat Toni Alcinas (6-2) and Chris Dobey (6-1). A brilliant average of 111 secured a further win against John Henderson (6-0).
In the quarter finals it was all to play for when James met World Champion Rob Cross, winning 6-5 a victory he was to repeat in the semi-finals where he won 6-4 against Ryan Joyce.
James, who was the UK Open champion in 2008 and 2011 will once again be appearing at the Coral UK Open TV Finals next weekend (March 2nd) at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort.
As one of the top players in the UK Open Order of Merit, James will begin his matches in the third round, taking place on the evening of Friday 2nd March which will be broadcast live on ITV.
James Wade, winner of the 2014 Masters, will be joining the other top players in the world this weekend to compete in the Unibet Masters, at Arena MK in Milton Keynes.
In the first round, best of 19 legs, James, will meet Simon Whitlock at the oche in day two of the competition, taking place on Saturday 27th January at 7pm and broadcast live on ITV4.
The quarter finals, best of 19 legs, will begin on the afternoon of Sunday 28th January at 12:45pm, with the semi-finals and finals, best of 21 legs, starting at 7pm, again all broadcast on ITV4.
For the full schedule, click here to visit the PDC website https://www.pdc.tv/news/2018/01/08/2018-unibet-masters-draw-schedule
In 2008, James made Grand Slam History with the first nine-darter relive the moment …
“Most people know me as James Wade who throws darts for a living, but…”
In 2011 James was diagnosed with Bipolar, at the time, he was in his late twenties. James feels sure that had he been diagnosed when he was younger or got the help and support he needed, much of his life experiences would have been very different.
In the UK, it takes an average of ten and a half years to reach a correct diagnosis of bipolar and James’ experience will be familiar to many people.
Since being diagnosed, James has been actively involved in Bipolar UK and in 2015 became a patron of the charity. In the Summer of 2017, James became one of the faces of Bipolar UK’s ’I am’ campaign, giving further support and raising awareness of this important cause and one which is very close to his heart.
Today, (Tuesday 3rd October 2017) is Bipolar Awareness Day in the UK – to show your support, or for further information, please visit www.bipolaruk.org
James Wade, two-time World Grand Prix winner, will play his first game in day two of the first round of this year’s Unibet World Grand Prix on Monday 2nd October.
In the first round, James will meet Steve West at the oche and the game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
The Unibet World Grand Prix, the 32-player tournament, is unique for the double-start format where all legs have to begin and end with a double.
The second round will be split across Tuesday and Wednesday, with the quarter-finals on Thursday and semi-finals on Friday.
The final will be played on Saturday 7th October.
For the full schedule, click here to visit the PDC website https://www.pdc.tv/news/2017/09/18/2017-unibet-world-grand-prix-schedule
James Wade, 6th in the World Series Rankings Order and two-time World Series Finalist, has been confirmed in the line-up for the 2017 German Darts Masters being held at the Castello Arena in Dusseldorf on October 20-21.
The 16-player tournament, which will be televised live on SAT.1 and ProSieben Maxx has visited Germany.
The German Darts Masters will begin on Friday October 20 (8pm local time) with the eight first round matches. Quarter-finals will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 21st October with semi-finals and final taking place on Saturday night.
2017 German Darts Masters
PDC Representatives (in World Series Rankings Order)
1 Gary Anderson (Scotland)
2 Michael van Gerwen (Netherlands)
3 Phil Taylor (England)
4 Peter Wright (Scotland)
5 Raymond van Barneveld (Netherlands)
6 James Wade (England)
7 Daryl Gurney (Northern Ireland)
8 Kyle Anderson (Australia)