A Look at the Summer Sports Schedule
As we’re through the worst of the winter, many of us will be thinking ahead to sunnier, warmer times – none more so than sports fans that have a summer full of events to get stuck into! No matter whether you’re a fan of your team sports like football, basketball, or hockey, or you prefer tennis or golf, there is a range of tournaments this summer to keep you entertained. It’s no wonder sports betting is becoming more popular around the world, and keeping up to date with some of the latest offers means you can place your bets on your favorites to win, as well as more advanced bets that could see you winning a bit of extra cash. Below, we’ll take a closer look at some of the events taking place this summer and what to expect from each.
Tennis: French Open – May/June 2023
Heading into the summer, sports fans are treated to one of the biggest tennis events in the world. The French Open is one of four grand slam events that take place at the end of May and runs for two weeks until mid-June. It’s held at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris and is played on a red clay surface. Some of the biggest names in Tennis will descend upon the stadium in summer to face off in a range of competitions from single men’s and women’s tournaments to mixed doubles and wheelchair tennis tournaments. The French Open has seen Rafael Nadal winning 5 times in the last 6 years, whose streak was broken by another tennis great, Novak Djokovic. Iga Swiatek has won the women’s tournament twice in the last 3 years with Barbora Krejcikova winning in 2021. Tennis fans will be eagerly awaiting this second competition in the Grand Slam calendar this summer for maximum entertainment.
Golf: US Open – June 2023
Next up is another open championship that is set to take place on the 15th of June. The golf US Open is held on the North Course of Los Angeles Country Club in California and sees players going head-to-head who have been given entry to the tournament through other qualifying events held around the world. Some players are also exempt from qualifying, like players that are winners of major recent events, major amateur events and players that are leading the ranks across the world. The US Open itself is a 72-hole tournament that last year saw the likes of Matt Fitzpatrick, Will Zalatoris, and Scottie Scheffier taking the top spots. This 123rd year will see some of the most highly ranked and promising players taking to one of the world’s biggest stages, so it’s not one to be missed for Sports fans across the world.
Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup Finals – June 2023
The Stanley Cup playoffs and final are the biggest and most exciting times of the year for hockey fans all over the world. The NHL playoffs will start in April when the 22/23 season ends which will determine the teams that will be heading to play in the prestigious final. 16 teams advance to the playoffs, including the three top teams of each division, and an additional two wildcards from each conference. Sportsbooks are already predicting that Colorado Avalanche may be less of a threat to win the cup, with Tampa Bay Lightening and the New Jersey Devils looking more dangerous.
Basketball: NBA Finals – June 2023
The NBA finals will take place at the start of June this year, after first-round games, conference semi-finals, followed by the conference finals which will end in May. It’s all still to play for with a huge number of games taking place in each conference before then, so NBA fans will be glued to the action all the way through until the summer months. Last year saw the Golden State Warriors take victory over the Celtics – but who knows what the finals will look like this year? It’s going to be an exciting few months for basketball fans all over the world.