9 sporting events to watch out for this summer

    20 July 2020

    There were no strawberries eaten or Pimms sipped on Henman Hill this year. Wimbledon was cancelled and the Tokyo Olympics are being postponed until July 2021, but sports fans need not despair completely: thee’s still plenty to look forward to this summer.

    From Formula 1 to polo, some sports are ploughing ahead with competitions and races, giving us all something to cheer about. As the pubs reopen, you might even see an outdoor screen pop up here and there for fans. Follow our lowdown of the biggest sporting events still going ahead.

    Polo Gold Cup final: July 26

    Dubai competing in last year’s Polo Gold Cup final

    For the first time ever the Gold Cup, which decides the winner of the British Open Polo Championship, will be held behind closed doors. However spectators will still be able to watch via a paid-for livestream service. This will be provided by Cowdray Park, which hosts the annual competition.

    Matches began on July 1 and will continue until the final on Sunday 26. Viewers can watch some of the best players in the world competing, including Adolfo Cambiaso and Facundo Pieres.

    There will also be a battle of the generations, as one of the young British players, 18-year-old Will Harper, will likely have to play against his father, a rival team member.

    Snooker World Championship: July 31 to August 16


    Snooker is set to return to our screens at the end of July, with the world championship to take place at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Several players are thought to have withdrawn from this year’s competition, although none of them are among the current world top 16.

    The championship was due to begin on August 18 but was delayed because of coronavirus.

    Highlights will be shown on the BBC where you’ll be able to watch favourites including Judd Trump and Ronnie O’Sullivan show their skills.

    FA Cup final: August 1


    Football fans left on tenterhooks as to whether they will get an FA Cup winner this year have been rewarded. The final traditionally takes place the weekend after the last Premier League fixture, which was supposed to be in May.

    Now that the league has restarted its season, the FA Cup has been rearranged for the start of August.

    The semi-finals will be played on July 18 and 19, with Arsenal taking on Manchester City and Chelsea Manchester United. The winners of each will play each other for the title at Wembley.

    Matches will take place behind closed doors but will be shown on BT Sport and/or the BBC.

    British Grand Prix: August 2

    Lewis Hamilton celebrates at the British Grand Prix 2019 (Getty)

    Despite the first 10 races being cancelled or postponed, including the famous Monaco Grand Prix, planners are still motoring ahead with this year’s Formula 1 world championship. The season finally started on July 5 in Austria. It will be followed by another grand prix, the Styrian, also at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.

    Next up will be the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 19, the British Grand Prix on August 2 and another British Grand Prix on August 9.

    Spectators have been told not to turn up at Silverstone, although they can watch the race on Sky Sports and Channel 4.

    Champions League final: August 23

    Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool – UEFA Champions League Final 2019 (Getty)

    Originally set to be played in Istanbul, the 2020 UEFA Champions League final has been moved to Lisbon instead. It will take place as a 12-day mini tournament.

    Liverpool and Tottenham have already been eliminated, although Chelsea and Manchester City are among those still in the running.

    The quarter finals are to take place from August 12 to 15, with the semis on August 18 and 19 before the final showdown four days later.

    The Women’s Champions League will go ahead in northern Spain, from August 21 to 30.

    The Europa League is also resuming, starting from August 10.

    Tour de France: August 29

    Great Britain’s Geraint Thomas (R) rides past the Arc de triomphe monument during the 21st and last stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race (Getty)

    France’s famous cycling race was pencilled in to start on June 29, however due to Covid-19 restrictions it will now begin two months later. Celebrating its 107th iteration, the tour will follow the same route as was originally planned, with a first leg in Nice and a final finish line on the Champs-Elysées in Paris.

    The organisers are yet to confirm whether spectators will be encouraged to come and cheer teams on.

    When being presented with their bouquets and trophies on the podium, winners and prize-givers will not be permitted to kiss each other – a huge break with French cycling tradition.

    The first ever virtual Tour de France is also taking place, playing out in real time during the first three weekends of July and broadcast worldwide. Professional cyclists will compete on stationary bikes that are set up in their own homes or gyms and connected to the videogame Zwift.

    US Open: August 31 to September 13

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    At the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens was hastily transformed into an emergency hospital. It has now reverted back to the function it’s fulfilled for more than 40 years: hosting the American tennis open.

    Games will be played without fans and kick off on the last day of August with the final on Sunday September 13. Not all of the top seeded players have confirmed they will be travelling to the States for the major, although Serena Williams has said she will be playing.

    French Tennis Open: September 21 to October 11

    Rafael Nadal celebrates match point at the 2019 French Open (Getty)

    It’s unheard of to have two major opens in the same month, but then again these are unprecedented times. The French Open, played at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, was postponed from late May. Fans are able to attend matches and tickets are already on sale.

    The French Tennis Federation said the stadium would accept 50 to 60 percent of its usual capacity with as many as 20,000 fans on site per day – so long as the number of new infections in France does not increase.

    Ryder Cup: September 25 to 27

    2018 Ryder Cup – Morning Fourball Matches

    It remains unclear whether the biennial men’s golf competition will still take place at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin this year.

    At the moment teams from Europe and the United States are still planning to compete from September 25.

    Many top stars, including world number one Rory McIlroy, have suggested matches should not go ahead unless fans are allowed to attend.