The sporting summer heats up in June with England out to hit the ground running in Euro 2020 knowing home advantage could play in their favour towards the end of the tournament.
Elsewhere, it’s a busy few weeks for racing fans with the Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot dominating the agenda, while tennis fans can tuck into the strawberries and cream at the end of the month as Wimbledon gets underway.
Here’s our round-up of what to watch out for in June 2020…
Sports Events January 2020 Calendar
4th: NBA Finals
After nine intense months, it all comes down to two teams. The 2019/20 NBA champions will be crowned this month as the two sides left standing in the play-offs meet for a best-of-seven series in the ultimate basketball showdown. The Toronto Raptors were the surprise winners in 2019, claiming their first ever NBA Championship in a 4-2 win over the Golden State Warriors.
5th-6th Derby Festival
6th Epsom Derby
An almighty run from Anthony Van Dyck saw Aidan O’Brien claim a seventh Epsom Derby last season, but who will claim Britain’s richest horse race in 2020? Pinatubo looks to be among the early contenders for this year’s race, but the most prestigious of the five Classics is always capable of a springing a surprise.
7th: Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix
12th – 12th July: 2020 European Championships
Europe’s festival of international football is spreading the wealth this summer, with 12 cities across 12 countries sharing hosting duties to celebrate the 60th birthday of the tournament. England will be hoping to stay the course in this competition with the semi-finals and final all taking place at Wembley.
12th – 12th July: Copa America
If Euro 2020 wasn’t enough, football fans get two for the price of one this summer, with the Copa America mirroring the Euros in the southern hemisphere. Argentina and Colombia co-host, with the latter holding this year’s final at Estadio Metropolitano. Brazil are the defending champions.
14th: Canadian F1 Grand Prix
16th – 20th Royal Ascot
It’s time to dress to impress from the 16th onwards as racegoers head to the most exclusive event on the summer horse racing calendar, Royal Ascot. Highlights of the week include the St James’s Palace Stakes, Prince of Wales’ Stakes, the Ascot Gold Cup and the Commonwealth Cup.
Date TBC: Stanley Cup Final
18th – 21st: US Open golf
Last year’s US Open produced a first-time winner at Pebble Open as Gary Woodland held his nerve to secure a three-stroke win over serial Major champion Brooks Koepka. This time around, the season’s third Major heads to New York as Winged Foot hosts its first US Open since 2006.
27th – 19th July: Tour de France
28th: – French F1 Grand Prix
29th – 12th July: Wimbledon Championships
A packed month of sport rounds off on the immaculate green lawns of West London as the world’s best players battle to become the 2020 Wimbledon champion. Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep are expected to be back to defend their titles at SW19.
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