Today I am honoured to be Interviewing the world no 16 ‘The Hurricane’ Kim Huybrechts. Kim had a fantastic year in 2014 many consistent runs on the pro tour and got to the semi finals in The Grand Slam in Wolverhampton where he lost out to Dave Chisnall in a last leg decider on the way he defeated MvG and hit a 9 darter against the a World No 1. He made his debut in the Premier League of Darts in 2015 I will be speaking with Kim ahead of the World Cup of darts which starts on Thursday in Frankfurt
TS: Thanks for joining me Kim,first I must ask how are you feeling ahead of the World Cup of darts later this week? And linking up again with your brother Ronny?
KH: “hello ! well after last tournament in Holland i’m feeling really confident i’ve had a bad few weeks lately, but last weekend i had that good old feeling back which is important for every player Playing togheter with my brother only has advantages We know each other that good on stage that we can put in that extra effort when the other feels a bit down for a couple off scores, so i’m rally looking forward to it”
TS: One of the thing I love about your game is your always pumped up and love to celebrate how do you get pumped up for a big match?
KH: “it’s just emotion with me, i don’t think bout it or i don’t plan it, it’s passion ! You’ve got people who love it, but i’ve had a lot off bad reactions aswell, that really hurts sometimes cause this game is my life my passion so i live every dart I throw”
TS: How did it feel to hit the 9 Darter and to beat MvG by such a scoreline?
KH:” It was the best game i’ve ever played I know I can do more games like this but i just need to get more consistent ! The 9 darter was the topping off the cake I was happy to win the game after that leg , cause often you players loosing the plot after a 9 darter”
TS: Who inspired you to play darts?
KH: ” My father and my brother,Both off them are/was passioned about the game. They was practising in our pub when i was a little boy and I used to watch them, as I got older I watched a lot off games at the embassy, loved players like Richie Burnett and Chris Mason”
TS: How did u enjoy playing in the Premier a League for the first time?
KH: “It was amazing The venues were brilliant, the crowds were amazing, it was just perfect I felt bad after relegation because I had to miss it all from then”
TS: The future is looking bright for darts in Belgium youngsters like Dimitri Van Den Bergh,Mike De Decker,Kenny Neyens do you think these guy will make it big in the PDC?
KH: “They surely have a chance to make it They’ve got the talent to make it, now they need a bit off luck, but most off all they need character now, the will to make it That’s something they can’t learn from anyone. I practise with them once an a while and i try to teach them the things I know. But once they start playing with the big boys in the PDC they have to make their own way”
TS: How often do you practise and if so who with?
KH: “Depends on how i’m feeling and how much time i’ve got. During the premier league weeks there is not much time, I was traveling more and was on the road more then i was playing darts. But that’s part off the job if your not based in England. Now i try to practise around 4 hours a day. I practise the most ith Mike and Dimitri, and sometimes with friends in the local pub”
TS: What do you work on in practise?
KH: “Mostly diffrent games on the doubles”
TS: What are your targets for this year?
KH: “Tv tournaments are coming up, so mostly I want to do good on these I’m not the person to set goals like semi finals, or finals. I just want to deliver good performances, then results will come”
TS: What is personally your greatest achievement in darts?
KH: “reaching the premier league I think. This is the biggest darts stage in the world, and being part off that is just amazing That’s the stage where every darts player wants to be”
TS: Who is the toughest opponent you have faced ?
KH: “Ronny is always my toughest opponent. Maybe not in averages, but he is a very good player, and mentally that’s the hardest game i can play in darts, World championship was an absolute drama draw for us”
TS: Where do you see yourself in 12 months time?
KH: “hopefully a bit higher in the rankings. I’m a top 16 player now the last year, but it’s about time to take that next step and move to top 10 spots or top 8 spots”
TS: Thanks for your time for this interview Kim,and I wish you and Ronny all the best in Frankfurt.
KH: “thank you, and it was a pleasure to be part of this interview”