Stewart Anderson is expecting a demanding challenge from the start as he seeks to defend his Just 2019 World Indoor Bowls Championship crown at Potters Resort in January 2020.
Anderson, 34, secured his second Open Singles world title in January 2019, beating Simon Skelton in a thrilling final.
The Scot’s defence gets underway at Potters Resort on Monday, January 20 against the Welsh qualifier Daniel Salmon at the Just 2020 World Indoor Bowls Championships.
World No.1 Anderson said: “The top-16 players – we can all win it. But I do think there’s a few UK qualifiers coming through who could win it as well. I play my first round against Daniel Salmon, who holds a Commonwealth gold medal pairs title. Dan’s another one that probably feels confident he could get a good run in the tournament. I’ve played Dan a few times. I wouldn’t know what the record is off the top of my head, but we’ve played one another at international level as well. Dan’s a great player – it’s a tough draw.”
Anderson will travel down to Norfolk with plenty of great memories of his second world title victory almost a year ago. The Hamilton-based bowler edged out Skelton in a tiebreak after also overcoming defending champion Mark Dawes at the quarter-finals stage.
Anderson, who claimed the same crown in 2013, said: “To win it a first time is a huge achievement, but to say you’re a double world champion means everything. You’ve lifted a trophy to be world champion for the second time – and be, provisionally, World No.1 after the Worlds. It was a great feeling and took a few weeks to sink in.”
The Just 2020 World Indoor Bowls Championships starts from 10th to 26th January 2020. Anderson will arrive at Potters Resort well before his Singles campaign gets underway as he is also playing in the Open Pairs (with Darren Burnett) and the Mixed Pairs.
So Anderson is guaranteed a long stay at Potters and that suits him just fine as he really enjoys spending time there, on and off the famous blue carpet in the International Arena.
He added: “Nine years ago, when I walked out for the first time I was very nervous. But now I love every minute of it – it’s absolutely tremendous. The crowd are second to none – they support both players all the time.
“I love coming there. It’s so friendly...the staff are so friendly. There’s lots to do. You get a few days to enjoy the Potters scenery and the shows are incredible as well.”
2020 is set to be another electrifying year and the winner of the Open Singles Final will be presented with a Langham blue glass trophy and a cheque for £50,000 – bowls biggest prize money.
Day tickets are available throughout the Championships and a limited amount of breaks are still available. Day tickets start from as little as £5 per person, per day with the option of adding on lunch or dinner.
The Just 2020 World Indoor Bowls Championships are organised by the World Bowls Tour and sponsored by Just.
For more information visit https://www.pottersholidays.com/world-bowls
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