After feeling ill following his quarter-final victory against Ryan Searle, James Wade was forced to withdraw from the European Darts Open in Leverkusen, with Dimitri van den Bergh gaining a bye into the final.
The Machine won a close quarter-final against Ryan Searle, 6-5, but was advised to withdraw from the event after feeling ill during the match. As a result, Dimitri van den Bergh, his planned semi-final opponent, earned a bye into the final.
The following night of Premier League play is scheduled on Thursday in Sheffield.
Following Wade’s withdrawal, supporters took to social media to wish him well, with Jonas Jacob tweeting: “Only the best for @JamesWade180 Get well soon.”
Soon, after Wade had to be hospitalized for his illness.
But now the World No. 5 in darts, is resting in a German hospital after being forced to withdraw from the European Open on Sunday.
The English darts champion has been tested for a number of serious symptoms,’ including a racing heart, high blood pressure, nausea, and dizziness. On the recommendation of attending paramedics, he was transferred to a hospital in Leverkusen.
Wade is reportedly ‘comfortable,’ with his condition improving, but he is still being monitored by hospital staff. He felt ill after beating Ryan Searle in the quarter-finals and has withdrawn from his semi-final against Dmitri van den Bergh.
Samantha, his wife, is unable to visit since she is expecting their second child while caring for her son Arthur. Wade thanked the hospital for its care and provided an update to fans in an official message uploaded on her Twitter account.
“It was very worrying Sunday into Monday night and it is horrible to think of James there by himself when he has been so poorly,” she said in the statement. “Clearly we want him home as quickly as possible but the medical staff has been amazing with James and he is hugely grateful for the compassion and cares they have shown him – we are taking their advice on when it will be safe for him to return home.”
She added: “James is desperate to make sure he doesn’t let anyone down and is already talking about returning to competitive action for people who have bought tickets. “Whilst that is in his nature, I am sure everyone will agree that him making a full recovery is the most important thing and we will be taking it day by day.”
Wade has won 11 major titles and is currently third in the Premier League standings. He is also a four-time PDC world darts championship semi-finalist.