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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Britain’s Summer of Sport

So the World Cup is well and truly under way and there’s a month long party in Rio celebrating the biggest sporting bonanza in the world . . .  although it’s no London 2012, of course.

But let’s think a second. What happens when it’s all over? What if England crash out this week? How are we going to pick ourselve off the floor knowing we have to face another 4 years of hurt?

Luckily there’s more going on than the footy; there’s a whole world of sport to keep you entertained over the coming weeks. Let’s pick out the best of the bunch:

Wimbledon – 23 June – 06 July

Wimbledon. The big one. The new roof may have retired Cliff Richard, and Federer’s getting on, but there’s as much gripping drama in store from SW19 as ever.

Andy Murray has a new coach, putting his faith in a woman’s touch (perhaps to try and find his personality), and he’s hardly in top form after crashing out of Queen’s to Radek Stepanek, but there’s plenty for him to play for. With the crowd behind him, he might just battle to a title defence. He’ll face stiff competition from Nadal, Djokovic and the rest of the impressive men’s field, though.

In the Women’s draw it’s anyone’s game. One thing’s for sure, brutal progression through the early rounds from Serena after a surprise defeat in Paris, and disconcertingly high-pitched grunts from 90% of the participants.

You can find a definitive guide to Wimbledon in the new edition of Tennis Head magazine

British Grand Prix – 04 July - 06 July

Punters will soon descend on Silverstone for one of the most hotly anticipated events in the British sporting calendar. As things stand, Nico Rosberg holds a handy lead over our own Lewis Hamilton but things might look very different after the Austrian Grand Prix. If Hamilton can dominate at the Red Bull Ring we might be in for a tense finale to the F1 season.

What’s more, this will be the 50th anniversary of the British Grand Prix. In celebration, past stars will line up for a final lap in a parade that will cover all three days.

For a full run-down, check out this month’s F1 Racing magazine

Tour de France

Brits competing at the year’s Tour de France have suffered mixed fortunes. Sir Wiggo appears to have been frozen out of Team Sky by his former teammate Chris Froome. All signs indicate he’ll miss the Tour this year despite winning in 2012.

Froome meanwhile just lost in a warm-up in the Swiss Alps, finishing with a dismal final day which will have given his Yellow Jersey rivals plenty of confidence.

In contrast Mark Cavendish was in stunning form this week, winning a stage of the Tour of Switzerland and he’ll be keen to get a victory on home soil when the Grand Depart kicks off in Yorkshire.

Whatever the outcome, viewers and cycling fanatics across the globe can expect an absorbing few weeks.

For a blow by blow account, every week of the tour, try a Cycling Weekly magazine subscription

British Open – 17 July – 20 July

After a lacklustre performance from Britain’s golfers at The Masters and US Open so far this year we’re due a thriller at The Open Championship. Tiger Woods might not be fit, but there are a number of other names beginning to establish themselves as candidates for the title of World No. 1.

Martin Kaymer was clinical at the US Open and won at a canter but here’s hoping for a more tense finish on July 20th. With Kaymer in form, Adam Scott still red hot from the early season and McIlroy due a performance, this might just live up to expectations.

For all the info pre-tournament, grab Bunkered magazine and enjoy more stats and info than you can shake the long stick at.

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