Having just become the first Welshman to win a major PDC title, Gerwyn Price is on top of the world right now.
He defeated Gary Anderson on Sunday, in what turned out to be an encounter filled with bad blood.
The pair squared up to one another on a couple of occasions and there was no handshake following the conclusion of the contest.
In an interview for the YouTube channel TungstenTales, Price reflected on a final where he was mostly chasing Anderson and came up with a few interesting statements about his relationship with the crowd.
“It was an up and down final, but I knew if I stuck in there at the end I’d have my chances and I took them,” Price summed up.
“Yeah I thought if it got to the latter stages and I was one or two legs behind and put him under pressure he’d falter a bit. Everything went to plan today.”
Price shared a conflictual relationship with the crowd during the final, with him cupping his hand around his ear after winning a leg.
They then booed when he lifted the trophy aloft, with many feeling like the Iceman had been unsporting in his actions during the contest.
After being quizzed on his relationship with the crowd, Price opened up, admitting that he couldn’t always play the villain.
“Today I took my concentration and fed off the crowd, which was good, but I don’t think I could deal with that every week,” Price claimed while wryly smiling.
“It doesn’t happen everywhere. It seems to be in the TV tournaments. Whenever I’m in Germany and in Europe I seem to have a lot of support, but for some reason the crowd here seem to get on my back. I don’t know if they like the other players or dislike me.
“I’m not sure, but I’m sure I’m not going to change anyway.”
Price also spoke on how he was feeling for the upcoming World Championships.
“My confidence is sky-high,” Price stated.
“Mayebe 18 months ago I was scared of the top four or top eight players in the world. Now I’ll turn up and if I play my own game I can win so I’m not worried.”