Ever-present trio joined as history-makers by teenager

James Wade (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

A trio of players will extend their ever-present records at the Ladbrokes UK Open in the 2021 tournament, where Sebastian Bialecki also makes history.

Two-time champion James Wade is joined by veteran stars Steve Beaton and Wayne Jones as the only three players to have appeared in every UK Open since the tournament was introduced in 2003.

Wade was the winner in Bolton in 2008 and 2011, while Beaton reached the semi-finals in the second UK Open 17 years ago, and Jones is a two-time quarter-finalist after reaching the last eight in 2003 and 2008.

Steve Beaton (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Jones will enter this year's UK Open at the second round stage after drawing Martijn Kleermaker, while Beaton is in action in the third round against Mark McGeeney.

Wade, meanwhile, will begin his challenge for a third title on Friday night as he enters the tournament at the fourth round stage as one of the world's top 32.

John Henderson, Brendan Dolan, Darren Webster, Richie Burnett also competed in the 2003 UK Open and will be in action in 2021, but do not hold unbroken appearance records.

2014 champion Adrian Lewis is set to make his 18th UK Open appearance, having first appeared in the tournament as a teenager in 2004.

Sebastian Bialecki with Rob Cross (courtesy Maciej Chorbinski)

Meanwhile, a new record will be created in this year's event as Polish teenager Bialecki becomes the first player to compete in the UK Open who was born after the tournament was first held in June 2003.

Bialecki was born on December 6 2003, and qualified as a PDPA Associate Member from the 2020 PDC Unicorn Development Tour rankings.