The traditional start of spring brings some of the most prestigious sporting events of the year, as the world’s biggest steeplechase, the Grand National, kicks off a bumper month of sport in the first week of April.
Here’s a round-up of just some of the major sporting events coming our way in April 2020…
Sports Events April 2020 Calendar
4th: Grand National
He couldn’t…. could he? A third outing around Aintree has yet to be confirmed but racing enthusiasts around the world will be keeping their fingers crossed that Tiger Roll is handed the opportunity to follow in the legendary Red Rum’s footsteps by becoming only the second three-time winners of this famous race.
5th: Vietnamese F1 Grand Prix
The F1 circus heads to Vietnam for the first time in its history with a street race around the country’s capital, Hanoi. The track has been designed with overtaking in mind, so expect this to be one of the more exciting races of the 2020 season. Will Lewis Hamilton be adding another new trophy to his extensive collection?
7th and 8th: Champions League quarter-final first legs
9th: Europa League quarter-final first legs
9th – 12th: US Masters, Augusta National
Pristine greens, azaleas in full bloom and the world’s best golf players competing for the most iconic jacket in world sport – it’s Masters time in April at Augusta National. This year’s tournament will struggle to beat last year’s ultimate comeback storyline as Tiger Woods clinched a first major in 11 years.
14th and 15th: Champions League quarter-final second legs
16th: – Europa League quarter-final second legs
18th and 19th: FA Cup semi-finals
18th – 4th May: 2020 World Snooker Championship
The Crucible in Sheffield once again plays host to the biggest prize in snooker with Judd Trump out to defend his title and pick up another winner’s cheque worth £500,000. Trump will be out to avoid the dreaded ‘Crucible Curse’ after his maiden win in Sheffield last year. No first-time winner has ever gone on to defend their title since the competition moved to the iconic venue.
19th: Chinese F1 Grand Prix
28th and 29th: Champions League semi-final first legs
The pressure will be building for the four sides left standing by this stage of the competition as the semi-final first legs get underway in late April. Don’t expect the identity of this year’s finalists to be much clearer by the end of the first legs. As Liverpool and Spurs both able demonstrated last season with stirring second-leg fightbacks, nothing can be taken for granted in this competition.
30th: Europa League semi-final first legs
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