From running to rugby and football to golf, the United Kingdom hosts a multitude of major sporting events throughout the year. Home to some of the oldest golf links and tennis courts in the world, the UK is unsurprisingly a haven for sports fans and casual watchers alike.
Curious about what’s happening in the sports world in 2022? Look no further! In this article, we’ll provide a brief overview of 4 can’t-miss events hosted in the United Kingdom this year.
First, let’s run on over to the…
1. London Marathon
For running fans, the London Marathon is a can’t miss event. It is one of six major marathons held worldwide, ranking alongside races in the following major cities:
- New York
This 26.2-mile race is held throughout the streets of London during the month of April. For a brief time, the marathon’s finish line ended at the well-known Westminster Bridge. Now, runners finish their race at The Mall with a full view of Buckingham Palace.
It almost goes without saying that Wimbledon should be on your list of top UK sporting events to attend this year. Arguably the most prestigious tennis tournament and certainly the most well-known, Wimbledon has been drawing tennis fans to the All England Club since the late 1800s.
The oldest of the four Grand Slams, and one of the top sports in the UK, Wimbledon tennis matches are still played on grass courts during June and July.
Some lesser-known facts about Wimbledon include:
- Winners do not keep their trophy
- The longest match played was a little over 11 hours
- The first TV broadcast of Wimbledon was in 1937
- Players must adhere to an all-white clothing standard
To book tickets to this classic event, visit wimbledontennistickets.co.uk.
3. The Open Championship
The Open Championship is another prestigious tournament held in the UK. It’s also referred to simply as The Open or British Open. Established over 160 years ago, The Open is the oldest golf tournament in the world.
The first Open was held in 1860 in Scotland. Since its inception, it’s been held at various golf courses around the United Kingdom. This year, the British Open will be held at St Andrews, otherwise known as the Home of Golf.
4. UEFA Women’s Euro
The UEFA European Women’s Championship is held once every four years. Previously known as the UEFA Women’s Cup, this tournament showcases some of the world’s best football players.
The tournament itself lasts 3 and a half weeks starting in July, with the final game hosted at Wembley Stadium.
One of the UK’s premier football events, this championship will host the best of the best with qualifiers from 48 different nations making up 16 different teams.
Run to Catch These Major Sporting Events
There’s nothing quite like the energy in the air at the beginning of a football championship or the hush of a Wimbledon tennis final. While the UK hosts a variety of major sporting events throughout the year, the above are 4 can’t-miss classics for 2022.
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