Luke Littler told he must ‘get used to jealous opponents’ by darts legend

Luke Littler won the Belgian Open to add to his Bahrain Darts Masters title and should expect to face more frustrated figures like Ricardo Pietreczko according to Wayne Mardle

Wayne Mardle has said darts sensation Luke Littler must get used to playing jealous opponents, but that youngster is more likely to rattle his rivals due to his talent.


The teenage star continued his rapid rise on the circuit this past weekend as he hit a nine-darter on is way to the Belgian Open title on his European Tour debut. Little defeated Rob Cross 8-7 to claim a £30,000 jackpot as he averaged 103.76 in the final.


His route to the final was not without drama, however. His semi-final win over Ricardo Pietreczko saw the German deliver some tense words to his young opponent before suggesting he hoped Littler’s ‘arrogance punishes him’.


It was not the first time the 17-year-old saw conflict during that tournament. Littler was left bewildered by Krzysztof Ratajski’s attempts to unsettle him in the second round of the competition as the Polish national repeatedly drank his opponent’s water.


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Wardle has been impressed by Littler’s ability to take such activity in his stride. He does not believe the Bahrain Masters champion can be rattled.


“Pietreczko has done this four or five times when he gets beat, he doesn’t like it,” Mardle told Sky Sports. “But he normally acts in a pretty petulant way. And to be honest, this is kind of expected but what wasn’t expected was the reaction from Luke – he couldn’t care less.


“Honestly, look, Littler has got this constitution that is relaxed, he is focused when he has to be, he enjoys the crowd interaction with them and enjoys the game. He enjoys the pressure, all of this and he’s just 17.


“There’s going to be jealousy, they’re going to be jealous for the things that come his way with sponsorships, the endorsements, the money, the fame, the media attention, where some think that they deserve it more than Luke, whether they do or not is absolutely irrelevant. But the likes of Pietreczko couldn’t rattle him. You can’t rattle Littler. That in itself is rattling.



Gideon Canice

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