2020 looks set to be a great year for sports fans, with a number of massive sporting events to look forward to. These are some of the biggest events that you won’t want to miss throughout the year.
Australia Open – 20th January – 2nd February
Held in Melbourne, the Australia Open is one of tennis’ most prestigious and highly-anticipated competitions. It’s one of the Grand Slam tournaments of the sport and will showcase some of the sport’s top talent as they compete for the title.
Six Nations – 1st February – 14th March
The Six Nations tournament is held in the UK, Ireland, France and Italy and is one of the highlights for rugby fans. Each team – from England, France, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy – plays each other team once, with the home field advantage varying from one year to the next.
Grand National – 4th April
Horse racing enthusiasts will be eager to enjoy the Grand National for another year. Held at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, this is one of the world’s most renowned horse racing events and is a must for bettors who want to place their wagers on the winners of the iconic race and online betting sites also provide a guide to Cheltenham and other big races.
FA Cup Final – 23rd May
Also known as the Cup Final, this marks the last match of the Football Association Challenge Cup. It’s been in existence since 1871 when the Wanderers won over Royal Engineers in front of 2,000 spectators. It’s now one of the most highly anticipated sporting events of the year for football fans.
UEFA Champions League Final – 30th May
The UEFA Champions League final will take place at Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul next year. Liverpool snagged the title in this year’s final, with Tottenham Hotspur taking the runner-up spot.
Wimbledon – 29th June – 6th Jul
Nothing says British summertime like the start of Wimbledon – this prestigious tennis tournament is held over two weeks in late June and is the only Grand Slam event played on grass. Wimbledon is the third tennis Grand Slam event of the year, following the Australian and French Open.
Olympics – 24th July – 9th August
Held in Tokyo in 2020, the Olympic Games will take place towards the end July. This will be the second time that Tokyo has hosted the games and next year, five new sports will be added to the programme – baseball, karate, sport climbing, surfing and skateboarding.
Ryder Cup – 25th – 27th September
The Ryder Cup is a golf competition between Europe and the US and is played every two years. The venue alternates each time and in 2020, the 43rd Ryder Cup will take place at the Straits Course in Haven, Wisconsin.
Melbourne Cup – 3rd November
Known as the ‘race that stops a nation’, the Melbourne Cup is the most popular horse racing event in Australia and one of the biggest in the world in terms of fans and spectators. It takes place at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne and is one of the world’s richest horse races.