Reigning champ Peter Wright unveils new Grinch outfit for World Championship

Peter Wright has unveiled a very special festive outfit for the World Darts Championship before the start of his defence of the trophy.

The two-time Alexandra Palace champion is renowned for his whacky costumes and crazy hairstyles, crafted by his wife Joanne over the years. There had been doubts over whether Wright would have such attire for the 2023 tournament as Jo has been in and out of hospital over the last month after being rushed to A&E during the Grand Slam in November.

But last week, Wright reported good news on Jo’s health and confirmed she had been working on a special creation for the Worlds. And true to form, Wright, with a Santa-style beard, appeared as a guest at the start of Sky Sports’ coverage of the tournament in a new Grinch-themed attire.

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The outfit brought back memories of his memorable entrance to a match during the 2020/21 tournament. But on this occasion, the outfit is brighter and has more of a Santa theme.

“This is the Christmas Grinch, he loves Christmas,” said Wright as he joined the Sky panel just hours before his second round clash against the winner of the first round tie between Ben Robb and Mickey Mansell.

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“It’s taken me a month to grow the beard. I’ve have nothing to do apart from look after Jo, so I might as well grow a beard for Christmas” he joked.

“She’s on the mend, she’s doing really good. The doctors say they haven’t got to see her for another six weeks as long as she has no bad turns. We found that out last Wednesday and then it was ‘right, we can enjoy the Worlds now’.”

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