Krzysztof Ratajski joined an exclusive club of Pro Tour weekend double-event winners with his Players Championship victories in Barnsley just over a week ago, and we caught up with the man of the moment to discuss his stunning achievement.
‘The Polish Eagle’ secured back-to-back titles with victories over Chris Dobey and Adrian Lewis in the final two Players Championship events of the campaign, to join an illustrious list of 12 players to have achieved the feat.
The former World Masters winner failed to secure a Tour Card at PDC Qualifying School back in January and his participation on the Pro Tour circuit has therefore been limited.
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Nevertheless, despite competing in just 10 floor events this year, Ratajski has completed an incredible hat-trick of titles, with his victory at UK Open qualifier six in February preceding his historic Players Championship double.
The 41-year-old defeated a host of established stars throughout his 14-game-winning run, beating James Wilson, Steve Beaton, Daryl Gurney, Michael Smith, Kyle Anderson, Dobey and Lewis, and he admits he was in dreamland.
“Before the start of the weekend my target was to win a few thousand which could help give me a chance to go to the first 64 in the main ranking after the end of the season.
“I thought that one or two thousand in the Players Championship and winning one match in the World Championship should be enough.