Darts legend Adrian Lewis has delighted fans after being spotted looking happy and healthy as he made a rare public appearance.
The two-time world champion has endured a difficult few years, which have seen him tumble down the PDC rankings. With his struggles seemingly taking their toll, Lewis missed a number of tournaments before announcing earlier this year that he would be taking an extended break from the sport.
“Dear all, in particular my fans, I feel that your loyalty deserves an explanation for my absence from tournaments,” he posted on social media in April. “After 20+ years I feel I need a break from the professional circuit for now.”
But this week he has been back in sporting action, not on the oche but on riverbanks after taking part in the Sport Stars Fishing Championship, organised by Target Darts.
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A clean-shaven Lewis, who appeared to have lost weight, tweeted several pictures of himself looking happy on the banks, with fans agreeing that he is looking good for the break from darts.
“Looks 10 years younger. Break doing him good,” said one fan. “Happy and relaxed, nice to see you smiling. Can't wait to see you come back and remind everyone just how good you are,” replied another.
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A third pointed out: “Looks good, rest has done him good. Come back stronger. Lost some weight too.”
A fourth agreed: “Lost a lot of weight, looks so much healthier and happier. Come back stronger Jackpot.” A fifth urged: “Chill out time, return when you’re ready, good luck.”
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Another fan looking forward to Lewis’s potential return to competitive darts added: “Hope he comes back strong. Unreal on his day. Untouchable.”
The competition, which will be broadcast on ITV4, is set to feature fellow darts players James Wade and Rob Cross. World champion boxer Ebanie Bridges is also slated to be involved.
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