Tennis or Royal Ascot – Take Your Pick21st Jun 2017 |
There are two big British sporting events this week; tennis and horse racing. The tennis is the Aegon Championships at the Queens Club and horse racing is the prestigious and world-renowned Royal Ascot.
The Queen’s Club Championships are a yearly tournament exclusively for male tennis players. It takes place at West Kensington’s grass courts at the Queen’s Club. Established in 1890, it is currently known as the Aegon Championships due to the sponsors. In previous years it was named the Stella Artois Championships. As part of the ATP World Tour, it is considered to be one of the more prestigious grass court tennis events and is usually considered to be a warm up for Wimbledon. Experts tend to watch the players here carefully as on many occasions it has predicted the Wimbledon finalists. Many champions have seen victory at the Queen’s Club Championships, but it is British born Andy Murray that is the current reigning champion and has won five times between 2009 and 2016.
The British favourite is touted to begin his campaign of retaining his title on June 20th. In addition there have been two British Wild cards added to the mix creating a strong British presence.
A world famous racecourse, Royal Ascot is located in Berkshire, England and is one of the top racecourses in the United Kingdom. Opened in 1711, it is traditionally for flat racing though later in the year during the colder months there are some jump races on offer. On a yearly basis it hosts nine of the thirty-two Group 1 horse races that take place in the country. At just a few miles from Windsor castle, the course does see a lot of the Royal Family patronising the races.
Amongst many other main events, one of the biggest draws remains The Gold Cup, which takes place in June every year. This year the event takes place between 20th to the 24th June and includes another prestigious day at Ascot – Ladies Day, this year on 22nd June. A favourite day for many, ladies day brings the out the best in fashion, hats and glamour and of course there is the Gold Cup to enjoy as well. Spanning five days, with six races per day, it is an event not to be missed.
This week offers ball pounding, hoof-thundering excitement; take your pick.