‘Yozza’ Jamie Hughes Interview: BDO World Number Four

Jamie claiming the 2014 Zuiderduin Masters title. www.wdo.org.uk
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Jamie Hughes
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This week I got to speak with Jamie Hughes as he prepared for the Dutch Open this weekend. I spoke to the BDO Number Four about his recent successes in the Romanian Classic, Zuiderduin Masters and the Antwerp Open.

He showed passion for the game, enthusiasm for 2015, but most of all it was his unassuming nature that struck me the most. After winning three ranking tournaments in quick succession, he’s not bigging himself up in anyway and is realistic about his hopes for 2015 and beyond.

Our Interview

Things are going pretty well for you in the BDO at the moment – World number four, Romanian Classic win last weekend, debut at the Lakeside World Championships in January and reaching the final of the World Masters in November – what has clicked for you recently?

“I won the Antwerp Open in August – that  was my first ranking title, and that gave me a massive confidence and self-belief boost and it’s all snowballed from there really.”

“I won the Antwerp Open in August – that  was my first ranking title, and that gave me a massive confidence and self-belief boost and it’s all snowballed from there really.”

You’re ranked number four in the BDO Rankings now, just four years after starting on the circuit – that must be pretty satisfying?

“Yes, If I’m being totally honest, I didn’t think I could do what I have done – let’s hope I can carry on surprising myself. Thankfully my sponsors and my good friend Mac (who travels everywhere with me and sorts everything out for me), had faith and it’s pleasing that I have repaid their faith in me with my performances.”

Jamie and Glenn Durrant after their second round clash at the Lakeside Word Championship 2015. www.gazettelive.co.uk
Jamie and Glenn Durrant after their second round clash at the Lakeside Word Championship 2015.
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Did you enjoy your debut at the Lakeside World Championships in January? Glen Durrant beat you in the Second Round. We hear you’re good friends with Glen?

“Yes, I enjoyed it massively. I just wanted to go there and take it all in and sample the atmosphere at The Lakeside. Me and Glen are very good friends. We both started the circuit at the same time, so we had a lot in common from the start as well as the same sense of humour and from similar backgrounds.”

Losing in the final of last years World Masters to Martin Phillips must have been disappointing – how did you deal with that?

“I wasn’t really disappointed as it was my best result to date at that time and I thought the experience of it would stand me in good stead for the future, plus Martin is a gentleman and is probably the most experienced player in the world, so I was happy for him.”

When you’re not winning ranking tournaments, what are you doing?

“Working mostly! I play Super League and County matches as well.”

What’s the hardest part about being away from home on so many weekends and do your family come and support from time-to-time?

“The hardest part is being away from my family. I have a six year old girl who keeps saying she doesn’t want me to go, so that’s hard, but it also gives you motivation to do well and make it worthwhile. My family come whenever they can, but it’s hard financially as most of my winnings go back in to fund future trips.”

What or who do you see as your biggest challenge in 2015?

“I don’t really look at it like that. I would be content with staying in the top sixteen to get me into all the major tournaments again this year.”

“I would be content with staying in the top sixteen to get me into all the major tournaments again this year.”

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Callan Rydz, Anastasia Dobromyslova & Jamie Hughes collect their Zuiderduin Masters trophies. www.dartsnieuws.com

The Romanian Classic last weekend was the third overseas ranking tournament that you’ve won recently, after the Antwerp Open and the Zuiderduin Masters. Where do you see your best chance of winning one in the UK?

“I’m not really going to target a single competition, I’m just going to give 100% in all of them and hopefully I can pick up some more titles.”

Scott Mitchell started 2015 with a win in the Romanian Classic – he’s now the reigning Lakeside World Champion. Can you follow in his footsteps and become World Number One and maybe even the 2016 Lakeside World Champion?

“I really hope so! I have followed Scott’s journey and wanted to try to do mine similarly because he has gradually got better and more consistent year-upon-year and I think that’s a good grounding to stay at the top for a long time.”

Clearly there is a bigger, brasher alternative to the BDO and nobody could reasonably blame any player for considering a move to the PDC. Is it something that you might consider in the future?

“I would never say never, but I am very happy with doing what I’m doing and have never really thought about moving over.”

Thank you very much Jamie for taking the time to speak to us during your preparation for the Dutch Open – we really appreciate it.

Up next…

This weekend Jamie travels to Holland for the Dutch Open in Assen – hopefully we can get some reaction from Jamie after the tournament, to see how he feels it went.

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If you’ve enjoyed this interview, perhaps you’d like to read our interview with ‘Scotty Dog’ Scott Mitchell last week, or maybe leave a comment or two below.

Cheers, Simon

Jamie's Stats courtesy of http://www.dartsdatabase.co.uk
Jamie’s Stats courtesy of http://www.dartsdatabase.co.uk

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