|Nickname The Force|
World Ch'ship Last 16: 2012
Home town Taunton England
Name Justin Pipe
Current world ranking 19
|Born 9 November 1971 (age 44)
England (1971-11-09) |
Walk-on music Can You Feel The Force by The Real Thing
2015 dutch darts masters final michael van gerwen v justin pipe hd
Justin Pipe (born 9 November 1971) is an English professional darts player currently playing in Professional Darts Corporation events.
- 2015 dutch darts masters final michael van gerwen v justin pipe hd
- Tour mates justin pipe
- Playing career
- Playing style
- Management and sponsorship
- Personal life
- Outside darts
Tour mates justin pipe
Pipe was a boxer in his youth and as a staunch anti-smoker he refused to play darts in local pubs as the cigarette smoke would make his eyes water. In 2007, a smoking ban was introduced to England which enabled him to restart his darts career. He first emerged at the 2008 UK Open as a pub qualifier. He defeated Geoff Wylie and Lionel Sams before losing 9–3 to James Wade in the third round. Following this performance, he joined the PDC Pro Tour and reached the same stage of the UK Open a year later, this time losing 9–5 against Andy Jenkins.
He qualified for the 2010 Grand Slam of Darts as one of four ITV Wildcard qualifiers. He lost all three of his group games to James Wade, Vincent van der Voort, and Tony O'Shea.
Pipe also qualified for the 2011 PDC World Darts Championship, losing 1-3 in the first round to Mark Walsh. In June 2011, Pipe hit a nine-dart finish in a Players Championship match in Nuland against Colin Osborne. Pipe made his World Matchplay debut in 2011. He defeated Mervyn King 10-6 in the first round. In October, Pipe won his first PDC Pro Tour event in Dublin, defeating Phil Taylor 6-5 in the final. On 5 November, Pipe won his third Players Championship in just a month.
Pipe qualified for the 2011 Grand Slam of Darts. He beat Terry Jenkins 5-1 in the first match of the group stage, then missed a dart at a double to beat James Wade. In his final match against Dave Chisnall, Pipe had a shot at 17 in the deciding leg to qualify but bust with his first dart and lost the match, and was eventually eliminated as Jenkins beat Wade in the final match. At the 2011 Players Championship Finals, Pipe was the number 1 seed as he had reached the final of six of the last ten events. He reached the second round where he missed six match darts against Mark Webster before losing 8–7.
Pipe won his first ever match at the PDC World Championship in 2012 by beating Sean Reed 3–1. In the second round he came from 2–0 down against world number 7 Wes Newton, to win 4–3 and reach the last 16, where he played Terry Jenkins. Pipe came up against an inspired opponent, who averaged 102, and lost the match 1–4.
Pipe saw his progress in 2011 rewarded at the annual PDC awards ceremony on 3 January 2012, as he picked up the PDPA Players' Player of the Year award. He then continued his fine form by winning the first Players Championship of 2012 with a 6–0 whitewash of Paul Nicholson in the Spanish Darts Trophy. He almost pulled off a remarkable double as he reached the final of the second event a day later, but was beaten by Michael Smith 3–6. In April, Pipe won the Austrian Darts Open with a 6–3 victory over James Wade in the final, having defeated Raymond van Barneveld in the semi-finals by the same scoreline with a 107 average. The victory saw him rise into the world's top 16 for the very first time, as he was ranked 15, meaning he gained automatic qualification into the upcoming major events. Pipe lost to Dave Chisnall 4–6 in the final of the sixth Players Championship event in May, having earlier beaten the likes of Kevin Painter, Simon Whitlock and Raymond van Barneveld.
In the World Matchplay Pipe beat Joe Cullen and Wes Newton, but then lost to Ronnie Baxter 11–16 in his first televised quarter-final. At the World Grand Prix, Pipe came through close matches against Whitlock and Painter, but was then beaten 1–3 by home favourite Brendan Dolan in the quarter-finals in the double to start event. Pipe qualified from Group 2 of the Championship League with a 6–5 victory against Phil Taylor. He finished 5th in the Winners Group, as he won three of his seven league matches, only missing out on the play-offs by leg difference. After all 33 ProTour events of 2012 had been played, Pipe finished fifth on the Order of Merit to qualify for the Players Championship Finals. It was there that Pipe reached his first major televised semi-final as he saw off Colin Osborne, Brendan Dolan and Mervyn King. Pipe went 0–2 down to Kim Huybrechts in the semi-final and never restored parity in the match as he lost 6–11.
Pipe was defeated in the second round of the 2013 World Championship 2–4 by Mark Walsh, after overcoming Andy Jenkins 3–0 in the first. After being a losing quarter-finalist in three events during the first half of 2013, Pipe reached the semi-finals for the first time this year at the third Players Championship, but lost 3–6 to Paul Nicholson. He suffered a surprise 2–5 defeat to Gareth Pass in the first round of the UK Open. At the World Matchplay, he beat Mark Webster 10–4 in the first round and then defeated Raymond van Barneveld 13–9 with a 170 checkout. In his second consecutive quarter-final in the event, Pipe lost 10–16 to Phil Taylor. Pipe beat Andy Smith 2–0 and Adrian Lewis 3–0 in the opening rounds of the World Grand Prix and then saw off Andy Hamilton to reach his second major semi-final in a performance Pipe claimed was the best of his career. He faced Dave Chisnall and started the better as he led 1–0 and 2–1 but could only win another two legs in the match as Chisnall's scoring power eventually told in a 5–2 defeat. Pipe won through to the semi-finals of the Players Championship Finals for the second successive year where he faced Phil Taylor. He kept pace early on but with the match on throw at 5–4, Taylor took out a 132 finish on the bull with Pipe on 38, to enter the second break 6–4 ahead, before going on to defeat Pipe 10–4.
Pipe was beaten by qualifier Devon Petersen 4–1 in the second round of the 2014 World Championship. He reached the final of the first European Tour event of the year, the German Darts Championship, and led Gary Anderson 5–3 but missed six darts for the match to lose 6–5. Pipe lost 9–7 to Dave Chisnall in the third round of the UK Open. In May, he was beaten 6–2 by Peter Wright in the final of the ninth Players Championship. Pipe won his first title in over two years at the 15th Players Championship of 2014. In the semi-finals and final he won deciding legs over world number three Adrian Lewis and reigning world champion Michael van Gerwen respectively. However, two days later he was beaten 2–0 (sets) by Robert Thornton in the opening round of the World Grand Prix. Pipe reached the quarter-finals of the Masters by beating Peter Wright 10–7 and lost 10–6 to Mervyn King.
At the 2015 World Championship, Pipe led Australian qualifier Laurence Ryder 2–1 in the first round but then lost six consecutive legs to suffer a surprise 3–2 defeat. He was knocked out in the third round of the UK Open for the second year in a row, this time 9–5 by Jan Dekker. Pipe's first final of the year came at the Dutch Darts Masters in June which he reached without facing a single top 20 player, but he was whitewashed 6–0 by Michael van Gerwen. He lost 10–7 in the first round of the World Matchplay to Jamie Lewis and 3–0 in sets to Robert Thornton in the second round of the 2015 World Grand Prix. After failing to get past the second round of the last two majors he played in 2015, it meant that Pipe has not reached the quarter-finals of a major event in over two years.
Pipe couldn't advance beyond the first round of the World Championship for the second year in a row, as he was beaten 3–0 by Christian Kist whilst averaging 75.55, losing the final seven legs of the match. He lost 9–3 to Kim Huybrechts in the fourth round of the UK Open and 10–7 to Terry Jenkins in the first round of the World Matchplay. His only semi-final of the year came at the final Players Championship event by beating Peter Wright 6–5, but he was ousted 6–5 by Benito van de Pas. Pipe missed match darts in the opening round of the European Championship to be edged out 6–5 by Wright. He got to the third round of the Players Championship Finals by eliminating Andy Jenkins 6–3 and Jan Dekker 6–1, but lost 10–6 to Kist.
Pipe lost 3–1 to Chris Dobey in the first round of the 2017 World Championship.
His slow throwing style is partly attributed to a serious car accident he suffered in 1993, where his right arm was paralysed for three months.
Management and sponsorship
Pipe joined darts manufacturer Cosmo Darts as a sponsored player on 14 October 2011.
Since Jan 2015, Justin Pipe is 'self managed', by his 'Team Pipe' made up of family and friend Krispy Brown
Pipe is married to his wife Claire and has two sons and a daughter. His brother, Mark, died in June 2013. Pipe played the following weekend in the European Championship and dedicated his first round win to him.
He worked as a tree surgeon before becoming a professional darts player in 2010.