Ahead of the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts, which starts this weekend in Wolverhampton, lets relive the moment James hit his first televised nine-dart-finish during the same competition ten-years ago.
The event was shown live on ITV4 – the first time a nine darter has been seen live on free-to-air television in the UK.
Following a weekend of impressive wins at the European Darts Trophy in Germany, Sunday night saw James reach his fourth PDC ranking final of the year. This time, there was a new member of #TeamWade supporting James – his son, Arthur James Wade, who James and his wife Samantha announced had been born earlier in the week.
It was clear that Arthur was his inspiration with the world left handed champion commenting during interviews “I have got someone to play for now”.
James’ impressive performance began on Saturday evening when he beat Toni Alcinas 6-4 seeing him safely into Sunday afternoon’s third round match against Darren Webster, where he secured his place in the quarter finals, winning 6-3.
There was no stopping Wadey in the Quarters against world champion Rob Cross, which again saw James win 6-3.
As evening play continued, it was Richard North who stepped up to the oche to face James in the Semi-Finals with James winning 7-4.
As the finals approached, for the second time this year in the European Tour, it was James to play against world number one Michael Van Gerwen.
As the match began, Wadey fans were treated to an early leg lead when he landed a 95 finish to take a 2-1 advantage. As play continued, a bullseye-19-bullseye finish saw MVG go 4-2 up swiftly followed by an 82 finish from James to narrow the gap to 4-3.
An overall victory wasn’t to be for James as Michael then proceeded to take four legs back to back which saw James lifting the runner-up trophy.
James will next be playing this weekend, October 20-21, in the Players Championship double-header at the Barnsley Metrodome which will be broadcast live on PDCTV, for more updates on this weekend’s championship, click here
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)
James Wade, the third most successful player in the history of the PDC, has made it a double reaching a semi-final for the second time this month in the Darts Masters currently taking place in Australia.
James secured his place in this weekend’s semi-final of the Perth Darts Masters with an average of 101.05 and five 180’s during the game which concluded with his 10-5 win over Michael Smith.
“It’s always hard playing a friend and Michael is certainly a friend. I have my critics and I know I bite sometimes when I shouldn’t but it is nice to answer them every now and again,” said James.
“I know how good I am and I know what I do wrong at times. There’s only a handful of players who have won what I’ve won but there are players more dedicated than others these days. If I was the most dedicated player, would I be the best in the World? Possibly.”
James will play Gary Anderson in the semi-finals in Perth following Gary’s 10-5 win over Simon Whitlock.
James Wade has reached the semi-finals of the Auckland Darts masters after defeating Daryl Gurney 10-7.
“That was a bit of the old James Wade magic, important checkouts and some solid scoring,” said James.
“Daryl’s disappointed with how he played there but he’s got a massive future and has loads of chances to win tournaments in the future.”
James will play Kyle Anderson in the semi-final on Sunday 13th August – the final day at the Auckland Darts Masters after Kyle beat Simon Whitlock 10-9