Full name: Adrian Lewis
Date of Birth: January 21st, 1985
Place of Birth: Stoke-on-Trent
Photo of Adrian Lewis by Chris Ibbotson
Adrian Lewis was PDC World Darts Champion in 2011 and 2012 and is currently ranked second to Phil Taylor in the world rankings. He is nicknamed “Jackpot” and learned his trade with Taylor, practising together in their home town of Stoke-on-Trent.
Lewis showed plenty of potential as a youngster, winning the 2003 British Teenage Open at the age of 18. He began playing professionally in the BDO the same year before joining Professional Darts Corporation. Lewis reached a semi-final of the regional qualifiers for the UK Open in 2004, making his television debut against Dennis Harbour. He enjoyed his first televised victory at the 2004 World Grand Prix against former world champion Richie Burnett and won his first professional ranking title September 2004 at the Chris de Roo Open.
In 2005, Lewis reached his first major event quarter-final in the World Matchplay, losing to Colin Lloyd. He then won both PDC Pro Tour events during a single weekend by taking the PDPA Players Championship and the UK Open Scottish Regional titles. Lewis made his PDC World Championship debut in 2006, reaching the quarter-finals before losing a stormy encounter with Peter Manley. In May 2006 he took part in a match between the top 16 PDC players against 16 American qualifiers in the World Series of Darts. He beat Lloyd, Ovens and Priestley before losing in the final to Taylor.
Lewis is capable of beating anyone in the world as he showed at the 2007 World Matchplay in Blackpool when defeating world champion Raymond van Barneveld 16–14 in the quarter-finals. He reached the same stage in 2008, losing to Kevin Painter. He reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship for the second time in 2008, but was defeated 2–5 by Kevin Painter. At the 2008 European Darts Championship, Lewis crushed Van Barneveld 9–2 in the quarter-finals but was beaten in the final 11-5 by Taylor.
He won his first PDC Pro Tour event for three years in the Austrian Players Championship with victory over Carlos Rodriguez 6–4 in the final. He then won the Irish Open Players Championship by defeating Andy Hamilton 6-4 in the final. In 2009 he reached the quarter-finals of the Las Vegas Desert Classic, World Matchplay and World Grand Prix. The following year he reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship, Players Championships and UK Open. He then beat Taylor in the semi-finals of the 2010 World Grand Prix before losing to James Wade in the final. He also won Players Championships in Crawley and Germany.
During the 2011 PDC World Darts Championship, Lewis became the first player to throw a nine dart finish in a World Championship final. He defeated Gary Anderson 7–5 and achieved a career-best ranking of number 2. highest ranking of no.2. Lewis then made it to the final of the 2011 Premier League before losing 10–4 to Anderson. He was beaten 17–10 in the semi-finals of the 2011 World Matchplay by James Wade and was beaten in the final of the European Darts Championships 11-8 by Taylor.
He also reached the final of the first players championship in Derby, losing to Jamie Caven. In 2012, Lewis successfully defended his World Championship title by beating Andy Hamilton 7–3 in the Final.
Possibly his best match performance came in the semi-finals when he fought back from 0-2, 1-5 to defeat James Wade. A second World Championship victory took his career earnings through the £1 million barrier. Lewis won his first European Tour title at the German Darts Masters in Stuttgart. He beat Ian White 6-3 in the final. Lewis failed to defend his World Championship crown for a second time in 2013, losing 5-4 to Van Gerwen in the quarter-finals.