The grand theatre of the football season is drawing to a close, but there are still plenty of sporting tournaments to get excited about this summer.
We’ve got team sports; solo sports; racket sports; sports with round balls; egg-shaped balls; water sports; horse-back sports; horse-power sports; sports on ice; sports with bunkers; sports where the rules seem made up as they go along (looking at you AFL); if it’s game on this summer, it’s gone in.
If you’re looking for where to catch the action, consult our guide to the emirate’s best sports bars.
Come on Tim – OK, we know Henman hung up his racket years ago, but this is legit still the most fun thing to shout at tennis match. Three of the four tennis Grand Slams are still to come this summer. We’ve got the French Open (26th May-9th June), Wimbledon (1st July-14th July) and the US Open (26th August-8th September).
If you prefer your racket sports a bit more minimalistic, the World Table Tennis Championships take place at the end of April (28th April). COME ON XIN (Xu Xin, current world table tennis number two).
Sticky wickets – There’s some massive cricket action going down this summer. The coveted ICC World Cup is contested between 30th May and 14th July; then there’s one of the sport’s longest running grudge matches, The Ashes (1st August-16th September); and the fun-sized T20 blast (18th July-21st September); and several big international tours.
Egg chasing – It’s not kicking off until September (20th September-2nd November), but the Rugby (Union) World Cup is back this year. Three times champions, New Zealand are favourites, but it really could be anyone’s trophy, as multiple teams have impressed in the lead-up to Japan.
The rest – US Open Golf (13th June-16th June); Kentucky Derby (2nd May); NBA Finals (30th May-16th June); Le Mans (15th July-16th July); Major League Baseball in the US (now until September 29th); Tour de France (6th July-28th July); Ice Hockey World Championships (3rd May-19th May); AFL (Aussie Rules Football) is on from now until September.