New world champion Rob Cross has revealed the sacrifices he made in his first year as a professional, including missing his daughter’s birth to play a tournament in Barnsley.
Cross won the World Championship and £400,000 on New Year’s Day by beating 16-time winner Phil Taylor, despite him being an Alexandra Palace debutant.
It was at the start of 2017 when former electrician Cross decided to dedicate all of his time to darts and the father-of-three was 250 miles away when baby Maddison was born.
New world champion Rob Cross revealed the sacrifices he made in his first year as a pro
‘I saw her three times in eight weeks,’ said Cross, also father to Leyton, six, and Imogen, three. ‘I missed her birth, I was in Barnsley when she was born. It was very hard.
‘It’s the dedication side of it. At that time, early in the year, I had to play everything. I wanted to qualify for the World Matchplay (in Blackpool).
‘I’m very fortunate in a way that my other half, Georgia, is so with me. She will push me and she was the one who actually suggested it otherwise I would have tried to be there (at the birth).
‘I wouldn’t have had time to get from Hastings to Barnsley in time to play