The height of summer sees some of 2020’s most prestigious events take place across the world. With matters to be settled in football, cricket and the small matter of the Olympics, July is set to provide a glut of entertainment for sports fan
Here’s our round-up of July’s sporting highlights…
Sports Events July 2020 Calendar
2nd – 5th: WGC-FedEx St. Jude International
3rd – 7th: England vs Australia T20 Series
Following the Ashes summer of 2019, Australia return to England in July for a series of three T20 matches. Both sides will be looking to impress ahead of the T20 World Cup in Autumn 2020.
3rd – 4th: Euro 2020 quarterfinals
Europe’s elite will be fighting it out for the chance to play in the semi-finals in early July. France, Germany, Wales and eventual winners Portugal all progressed from this stage in 2016.
4th – Eclipse Stakes
One of the highlights of the flat racing season takes place at Sandown Park in July, with the renewal of the Eclipse Stakes. Superstar mare Enable won last year’s race, fending off the challenge of Aidan O’Brien’s runner Magical to land yet another Group One success.
5th – Austrian Grand Prix
7th – 8th: Euro 2020 semi-finals
The Euros descend on London for the semi-finals with four team remaining. They’ll be looking to book their place in the final back at Wembley on the 12th. In 2016 both Portugal and France won in the last four to fight it out in Paris for the trophy.
9th – 12th: Scottish Open Golf
11th – 16th: England vs Australia ODI Series
12th: Euro 2020 Final
The biggest match in the footballing calendar takes place in London in mid-July. The 2016 final was won by Portugal, beating France 1-0 in Paris thanks to an extra-time strike from Eder.
16th – 19th: The Open Championship
The Open makes its return to Royal St George’s in July, for the first time since 2011. The 149th Open looks set to be hotly contested, with the likes of Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson all looking to add one of the four traditional majors to their CV.
18th – 26th: World Matchplay Darts
19th: British Grand Prix
After sealing his sixth win on home soil in 2019 to set a new F1 record for wins around Silverstone, Lewis Hamilton will look to stretch his impressive record around the circuit as the British driver returns to one of his favourite circuits. He’ll take some stopping – only Sebastian Vettel has managed to better him here in the last five years.
24th – 9th August: 2020 Olympic Games, Tokyo
After what’s seemed like the longest four year wait of all time, the Olympics finally roll around once again. The world’s top athletes will all be heading to Japan to represent their countries in a two-week celebration of sport. The USA finished top of the medals table in 2016, but the UK finished in a highly respectable second, ahead of the likes of powerhouses China and Russia.
25th: King George VI & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
Arguably the most coveted race of the flat season, the King George takes place towards the back end of July. With two wins in this race already, John Gosden might look to make Enable the first horse to win it three times by running her here. This race usually sets up the winner for a run in the Arc in October, the very race that Enable is back in training to win once again.
28th – 1st August: Glorious Goodwood
Another highlight of the flat season begins on the 28th and runs into early August at Goodwood. Three days of high-quality racing peaks on the Wednesday with the Sussex Stakes; previous winners include Frankel and Lightning Spear.
30th – 3rd August: England vs Pakistan, 1st Test
31st – 2nd August: Hungarian Grand Prix
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