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Taylor worried by late-night finishes

ESPN staff
December 8, 2013
Phil Taylor got the better of Michael van Gerwen to win the 2013 title © PA Photos

Phil Taylor has revealed that playing late at night could hamper his chances of lifting a 17th World Championship at the Alexandra Palace.

'The Power' kicks off the defence of his title against either Ian Moss or Rob Szabo on the opening night on December 13, but the 53-year-old is concerned with the number of games he may have to play at times to suit both the PDC and broadcasters Sky Sports.

"I can't do the late nights any more. I can't be playing until midnight again," Taylor told the Daily Star.

During the event last year, Taylor on numerous occasions complained about playing late, but he went on to defeat Michael van Gerwen in a sensational final.

However, with the scenario likely to be the same for this year's tournament, Taylor says the scheduling may hurt his chances of defending his crown.

"If I am scheduled to play at 10pm for example, I will - but I'd prefer not to now. It's too late for me. During the worlds, your rest time is so important. The late matches take their toll on the body," he said.

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