2019 BoyleSports World Grand Prix Draw

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2019 BoyleSports World Grand Prix Draw

Michael van Gerwen will open his bid for a fifth title at the BoyleSports World Grand Prix against Jamie Hughes, with the draw for the Dublin event also pitting Rob Cross against Mensur Suljovic.

World number one Van Gerwen picked up his fourth World Grand Prix win in 2018, having also been victorious at the Citywest Convention Centre in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

The World Champion has picked up a tough opener in this year's 32-player event, drawing 2019 Czech Darts Open winner Jamie Hughes as the Tipton ace makes his World Grand Prix debut.

The double-start tournament will return to the Citywest Convention Centre from October 6-12, with tickets still available through ticketmaster.ie.

Two-time World Grand Prix champion James Wade will face John Henderson, who was a semi-finalist two years ago after opening the event with a defeat of Van Gerwen.

Number two seed Rob Cross, the 2019 World Matchplay winner, has drawn world number nine Mensur Suljovic in another tasty first round tie, while 2017 World Grand Prix winner Daryl Gurney plays Dutchman Danny Noppert.

Fourth seed Gary Anderson plays former World Youth Champion Keegan Brown, while world number five Michael Smith has drawn Simon Whitlock, the 2017 Dublin runner-up.

Reigning Grand Slam of Darts champion Gerwyn Price, the sixth seed, plays Dave Chisnall, while seventh seed Peter Wright will take on another former World Youth Champion, Germany's Max Hopp.

Glen Durrant's debut in the double-start event will see him come up against Polish number one Krzysztof Ratajski, while reigning World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh drew 2012 World Grand Prix finalist Mervyn King.

Steve Beaton - a semi-finalist in Dublin 15 years ago - will meet Dutch youngster Jeffrey de Zwaan, while two 2019 European Tour event winners, Ian White and Joe Cullen, also face off.

2010 Dublin finalist Adrian Lewis plays Jermaine Wattimena, UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall opens up against Vincent van der Voort, Stephen Bunting plays Wales' Jonny Clayton and Ricky Evans meets Chris Dobey.

The schedule of play for the BoyleSports World Grand Prix will be confirmed in due course.

The draw was streamed through the OfficialPDC Facebook page and made by PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

2019 BoyleSports World Grand Prix
Draw Bracket
(1) Michael van Gerwen v Jamie Hughes
Jeffrey de Zwaan v Steve Beaton
(8) James Wade v John Henderson
Mervyn King v Dimitri Van den Bergh
(5) Michael Smith v Simon Whitlock
Joe Cullen v Ian White
(4) Gary Anderson v Keegan Brown
Ricky Evans v Chris Dobey
(2) Rob Cross v Mensur Suljovic
Glen Durrant v Krzysztof Ratajski
(7) Peter Wright v Max Hopp
Adrian Lewis v Jermaine Wattimena
(6) Gerwyn Price v Dave Chisnall
Stephen Bunting v Jonny Clayton
(3) Daryl Gurney v Danny Noppert
Vincent van der Voort v Nathan Aspinall

The double-start tournament will return to the Citywest Convention Centre from October 6-12, with tickets still available through ticketmaster.ie.