Whitlock, pictured here with Jody Gough and Tom Soane of title sponsors u moove, wants to be on top form at the Southsea venue as he completes his preparation for the World Championships later this month.
The Australian ace, who is now based in Waterlooville, will line-up alongside world number one and 16-time World Champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor, who is appearing in Portsmouth for the first time, with James Wade and Michael van Gerwen also on show at the annual event.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said world number four Whitlock.
“It is a fantastic field of talent and an opportunity for me to play against the top players ahead of the World Championship.
“We all aim to hit our peak roundabout now so I’m sure the fans will be in for a real treat. I am delighted to hear that it is a sell-out and am looking forward the atmosphere.”
Due to the high demand, promoters MODUS Darts have revealed that a new event called ‘A Night of Champions’ will take place at the Pyramids on Friday 9 May 2014.
The world-class field is headlined by six stars, who have all won major televised titles.
Current world number two and reigning Premier League champion van Gerwen will be on show alongside seven-time major winner Wade, the Professional Darts Corporation’s second most successful player.
They will be joined by two-time World Champions Ted Hankey and Dennis Priestley, with former Players Champion Paul Nicholson and former World Master and UK Open winner Robert Thornton also competing.
Local professionals Andy Jenkins and Arron Monk, who are also in next weekend’s show, will complete the line-up.
Tickets for this event are on sale now and can be purchased via www.dartshop.tv or by calling 08450 180 180
“We are delighted to have been able to put on another top event,” said Jones of MODUS Sports Management.
“The demand for darts in Portsmouth obviously remains strong and we wanted to give fans that missed out on the Christmas event another opportunity to see the top players.
“We have launched the event early so everyone has the chance to get their tickets but we are expecting them to go quickly, judging on the last couple of events.”
By Chris Murphy