The UK summer is looking to be a scorcher in the world of sports. There are many events taking place with athletes of all kinds looking to take home trophies, medals, and first-place podium spots.
The likes of Rory Mcllroy, Manchester City, and Max Verstappen are looking likely to take victories in their retrospective sports, but nothing is predictable in the world of sports. Here are the top sporting events in the UK to watch this summer.
FA Cup Final, Wembley, London, 3rd June
With the Premier League season coming to a close, only the finals of the FA Cup and Champions League are left for winners Manchester City, who are yearning for the elusive treble-winning season. The opponents for Manchester City are their rivals, Manchester United, who are looking to do anything they can to stop them from winning the treble.
Marcus Rashford has stated that this is the driving force for him this year. Rashford is looking in the best form of his career, totaling 29 goals this season. The man looking to stop him is Erling Haaland, who has scored more goals in his debut season than any other player in a single year, totaling 49 goals in 47 matches.
Many of the UK-based sites are edging their odds towards Manchester City reigning victorious and lifting the trophy. Manchester City are currently sitting at 3/10 odds of winning while Manchester United’s odds are 3/1.
Wimbledon, London, 3rd – 16th July
2023 looks to be a big year for Wimbledon fans—a record number of applicants are looking to attend the Championships this year. It’s no surprise considering how last year’s final unfolded, with Novak Djokovic winning the men’s title in a nail-biting four-set victory over Nick Kyrgios.
The women’s events also brought excitement last year with Elena Rybakina surprising everyone. The odds were stacked against her in the match against Ons Jabeur, but she triumphed, earning a debut victory for the young Kazakhstanian. Regarding home-grown talent, the hopes rely heavily on Cameron Norrie and Emma Raducanu, both yearning for their first taste of Wimbledon victory.
British Grand Prix, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, 7th – 9th July
The Formula 1 season is well underway and the Red Bull team have picked up exactly where they left things last year. Max Verstappen is sitting at 144 points with his Red Bull teammate, Sergio Perez in second with 105. These racers are the only two to have taken first place during the season so far, giving Red Bull the lead in the constructor standings.
After a disappointing 2022, Lewis Hamilton is looking to make a change and earn his eighth title. But, with only 69 points, he has a lot of catching up to do to reach the likes of Verstappen and Perez.
The surprise favorite has been veteran Fernando Alonso who has captured the hearts of the fans with his amazing form this season. Silverstone is looking to be a glorious event this year with all 20 drivers hoping to come on top.
Open Championship, Merseyside, 16th – 23rd July
Royal Liverpool Golf Club is the site of the final men’s Major of the year, the Open Championship, which takes place a month after the prestigious US Open. After Westward Ho, The Links is the second-oldest seaside course in England, situated across the Wirral peninsula. In 2014, Rory McIlroy beat Rickie Fowler and Sergio García by two shots at this venue, the last time The Open was held there.
There have been a number of changes since the last time Hoylake hosted the tournament, and this year will be its 13th time. With the changes that have been seen, a number of new holes have been constructed, adding a new dynamic to the course, such as the new par-3, 15th hole that is being played in the competition for the first time.
In the 151st edition of the Open, McIlroy will seek to repeat his scintillating form of 2014 and claim his second victory. Smith will be defending champion, but expectations and attention will once again be on the Irishman, Rory Mcllroy.