Damon Heta has been delighting darts fans with his whacky walk-ons all year – but one got an extra special treat ahead of the Aussie’s Grand Slam quarter-final.
Heta has become renowned on the PDC Tour this year for a string of hilarious pre-match skits. His walk-ons have included him wearing quirky headwear, skis and a ski mask, plus a retro Dutch football tracksuit. He has also walked a lawnmower and played bongo drums en route to the stage, as well as bravely dressing as a cricketer at the World Matchplay during the Ashes.
The 36-year-old has toned it down a bit during the Grand Slam in Wolverhampton, donning a flat cap for his walk-ons. But he has continued to mix with fans, high-fiving and signing autographs on his way to the stage.
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One follicly-challenged fan got an extra special signature ahead of the last-eight clash versus Rob Cross as Heta signed his bald head. The fan will be hoping a permanent marker wasn’t used for the autograph.
Speaking to Daily Star Sport earlier this year, Heta explained his quirky walk-ons are about showing the real him and to help him relax ahead of matches.
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“I noticed, when I got up there, I wasn’t putting everything into it, not trying too hard from the start,” said the former World Cup winner. “I feel that was a weakness last year because, when it came to the big games, it felt like life or death. I felt I had to win games, I had to do this, I had to do that.
“Now I’m getting up there and just enjoying it from the start to the end. It doesn’t come into my head now that I always have to win and that each dart matters. It just relieves the tension straight away. I’m just really enjoying it.”
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