Jelle Klaasen

Dutch darting Star Jelle Klaasen is the latest big name to join Team Unicorn for 2018 and beyond.

It’s an important fresh start for the former Lakeside Champion as he plots his path back to the top, and a long-term tie-up with the No.1 darts company will surely help Klaasen achieve his goals.

He is aiming high and believes his darting renaissance starts here. “It is an honour for me to join Team Unicorn and it is a huge boost for me at this stage of my career.”

“There is no doubt in my mind that Unicorn will help me to take my game to a higher level and make everything I need to be a better player. I have some ideas and I can’t wait to get started with developing new darts.”

Klaasen’s immediate aim is to reclaim his place in the world’s top 16 after his 2017 season was wrecked by a long-standing wrist injury which required surgery.

“I have been practicing more and more with the new prototype darts from Unicorn. They are perfect for me. I couldn’t practice for a long time because of the injury. There are no shortcuts for a good and permanent recovery but I’m nearly there,” he added.

The extent of Klaasen’s problems became clear at the 2017 Premier League and corrective surgery on the wrist quickly followed.

But ‘The Cobra’ is determined to get back in the winners circle. “I know I can win tournaments and TV tournaments as well. My A game is good enough and I am working very hard on becoming more consistent. Unicorn will come up with the perfect darts, then it is up to me.”

Unicorn Managing Director Edward Lowy agrees: “Welcome Jelle to Team Unicorn. I vividly recall your incredible progress back in 2006 when you joined the elite group of World Champions. We very much look forward to working with you and making the full force of Unicorn’s engineering and support available to you.”

Of course Klaasen shot to prominence with that sensational World Championship triumph back in 2006 when he became the youngest man to win the tournament, aged just 21 and 90 days. He was a 100/1 outsider that week as he swept to an incredible victory over Raymond van Barneveld.

Still only 33-years-old, he has also reached the World Championship semi-finals at the Alexandra Palace, losing to his darting hero, and now Unicorn stablemate Gary Anderson in 2016.

Losing to fellow Dutchman Jan Dekker in the 1st Round of this year’s World Championship cost Jelle his spot in the top 16 and a place at The Masters, but it has provided huge motivation.

“My big goal is to get back in the top 8 and back in the Premier League on merit and win a TV tournament! I know I can do it and with Unicorn behind me, I will achieve my dreams.”

It will be an exciting few years ahead, that’s for sure!

Player Name Jelle Klaasen
Nickname The Cobra
Date of Birth 17/10/1984
Place of Birth Breda, Netherlands
Height 190cm
Hometown Goor, Netherlands
Family/Marital Status Engaged
Occupation Before Darts Security Guard
Hobbies Tennis, Snooker, Golf
Sponsors Unicorn, HS Beton, AutoleaseTwente
Darts Used Unicorn 23g Cobra Signature Darts
Best Darts Moment So Far

Beating Phil Taylor at the World Championship

Practice Partner Luuk Boeijink
Favourite Double D20
Walk On Music The Hives - Hate to say I told you so
Favourite Food Nando's
Favourite Drink Ice Tea Green
Favourite Holiday Destination Curacao
Favourite Music 80's and 90's
Favourite Movie All Marvel Movies
Favourite PDC Comp World Matchplay, Blackpool
Favourite TV Programme The Big Bang Theory
Favourite Football Team Ajax
Sporting Heroes Roger Federer, Ronny O'Sullivan, Tiger Woods
Best Major Results    
BDO World Championships Winner 2006
PDC World Championships Semi Final 2016
World Matchplay Q/Final 2010
World Grand Prix Q/Final 2015
UK Open Semi Final 2016
Grand Slam of Darts Q/Final 2007
Premier League   2009, 2017
European Championship Semi Final 2009
Players Championship Finals Last 16 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016
The Masters Last 16 2016, 2017
     
Pro Tour Wins    
PDPA Players Championships Barnsley Winner 2015
PDPA Players Championships Wigan Winner 2015
     
Other Wins    
Bousema Open Winner 2014
Halstern Open Winner 2010
Holiday Open Holland Winner 2014
Killarney Pro Tour Winner 2007
Open Dsign Winner 2015
Open Noord Nederland Winner 2007
Open Rose Winner 2014
Ranking Tuesday Open Winner 2010
Texel Darts Trophy Winner 2011
WDF Europe Cup Team Winner 2006
Westerlaan Open Winner 2010

Jelle Klaasen