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As the UK shakes off the chill of winter and the summer rolls in, it heralds the start of an exciting season of sport.
Whether you’re interested in wickets and runs, goals and penalties, or aces and straight sets, there’s something for all sporting fans in old Blighty. Here’s our pick of the top events not to be missed this summer.
The Champions Trophy is a highlight of the cricketing year, comprised of the top eight teams from the ICC’s ODI Championship rankings. This year’s competition includes Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka.
The Champions Trophy sees cricketing heavyweights battle it out across the UK ahead of the Ashes later in the year. Plus, this year’s line up of squads also includes Australia, meaning that you can go and cheer our boys as they take on some of the toughest competition in the sport.
One of the most prestigious horse racing events on the planet, the Royal Ascot dates all the way back to 1711, when the racecourse was first conceived of by Queen Anne. The event is still attended by members of the royal family to this day, with riders competing for over £6.58 milllion (AU$11.3 million) in prize money.
In addition to the excitement of the races, Ascot is a veritable social occasion where you can have a little fun dressing up and enjoying all that the racecourse has to offer.
For the first time in over 100 years, a new guest area is being added to Ascot, called the Village Enclosure, where guests will be able to take in the spectacle from the inside of the track. Lucky punters in this enclosure will also be able to enjoy live music, as well as food stalls and a bar for all your Pimms needs.
The oldest tennis tournament in the world needs little introduction. This grass court Grand Slam is held annually in London, drawing the top names in tennis to fight for the glory of becoming Wimbledon Champion.
With Wimbledon being a knockout competition, you can never predict exactly how this exciting tournament will unfold. Whether a favourite gets eliminated in round one, or an unlikely contender rises up to reach the finals, there’s always a good reason to watch this hallmark sporting event.
Andy Murray will likely be returning to try and keep his Wimbledon crown from last year, while legend Roger Federer is said to be skipping the French Open to allow him to prepare for a strong Wimbledon showing. While Serena Williams will be notably absent from the women’s singles, it could give local favourite, Johanna Konta, a chance to take the title.
Part of the Formula One World Championship, the British Grand Prix takes place over a furiously fast weekend in July, with three practice events in the lead up to the qualifier and final race on Sunday July 16. With the world’s top talent competing over 52 laps of the 5.89-kilometre circuit.
Even F1 drivers call the circuit “insanely fast”, according to Silverstone. All we know is that it’s an exciting weekend of motor racing, as well as entertainment for the attendees. If you love being right up in the action as some of the best cars in the world from McLaren to Ferrari whizz by at eye-watering speeds, there’s no place like Silverstone.
We call it soccer, they call it football, but when it comes to the English Premier League there’s only one word to describe the sport – exciting. As the summer begins to wind down, the 2017/2018 season of the Premier League returns to sweep the nation yet again. Twenty teams will compete over the course of 380 matches, taking on each of their competitors twice on the road to the ultimate title in English football.
If you’re a fan of the beautiful game, nothing comes close to the electric atmosphere of seeing a Premier League match live. From the highs and lows of each match, to the insatiable energy of the fans, there’s a reason why so many Brits are football-mad.
Fans will have to see if this year’s champions Chelsea can defend their title, while Huddersfield Town will make their return to the Premier League for the first time since the 1970s.
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