The Season of Lawn Sports and Pimms4th Jul 2017 |
This week is a packed week with a number of tournaments running through it and beyond. The 9th in particular appears to be a rather busy day for sports fans with three separate events on the go.
The big news this week is the ongoing tennis tournament, Wimbledon. Beginning on the 3rd July and continuing on to the 16th, this week sees the crucial start of this tournament. Wild cards come and go, the big names get their first wins under their belts and the competition is severely whittled down in anticipation for the big games in the following week.
The oldest tennis tournament in the world, it began in 1977, 140 years ago. Due to its history it has long been considered the most prestigious of all tennis competitions. Held at the All England Club in London, the games all take place on traditional grass courts thus emphasizing the skill of the players. With Ladies; and Gentlemen singles, doubles and mixed games, it covers all areas of tennis, though the big win is the Gentlemen’s Singles trophy. A rather classy environment, all players must wear white and sponsorships are notable in their absence on the courts. The reigning champion this year is Britain’s own Andy Murray who has now succeeded to win the title twice. It will be an exciting time to see if he can hold onto it again this year.
A Testing time for Cricket
The second part of the week offers some exciting cricket. From 6th to 10th July England and South Africa will face off for their First Test. Held at the prestigious cricket ground, Lord’s, and covering five days of playing, this is just the beginning of three tests that will take place during the rest of the month.
On the Run
The London Anniversary Games or London Grand Prix is on 9th July. This used to be part of the IAAF Super Grand Prix but now is in the IAAF Diamond League. A day of intense sports, there has been a number of world records made here particularly in the pole vaulting. There have also been a large number of meeting records created particularly over the sprints and shorter running races.
More cricket test next week with the second test for England and South Africa to take place at Trent Bridge. The World Para Athletics Championships is also due to start and taking place in London. The 16th also sees some Formula 1 action at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.