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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 February 2019

July 14, 2019: A date for sports fans to reckon with in England

Wimbledon men's singles final, Cricket World Cup summit clash and British GP are all scheduled for this day on what should be a hectic day of action

Joe Root's England and Virat Kohli's India are among the favourites to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Stu Forster / Getty Images
Joe Root's England and Virat Kohli's India are among the favourites to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Stu Forster / Getty Images

Amid the continuing uncertainty around Brexit, the United Kingdom is in for a cracking summer in 2019 replete with high-profile sporting contests. And believe it or not, three of those events will culminate on the same day: July 14.

For starters, there is the Cricket World Cup that gets under way on May 30 when England take on South Africa at The Oval in London. The hope for the home fans will be for their team to reach the final – which will be played at Lord's on July 14 – especially given that England have not won the 50-over competition before.

They have reached the final three times – in 1979, 1987 and 1992 – and lost on all those occasions. But Eoin Morgan's men are in excellent form and ranked No 1 in the ICC's ODI table.

Novak Djokovic is expected to defend his title at Wimbledon in 2019. Andrew Boyers / Reuters
Novak Djokovic is expected to defend his title at Wimbledon in 2019. Andrew Boyers / Reuters

If you are not so much into cricket (that's OK; no one's perfect) but you love tennis, then there is the Wimbledon men's singles final and women's doubles summit clash scheduled for July 14. The season's third major starts on July 1, and there will be more excitement this year if Andy Murray gets a chance to retire at the All England Club – assuming he is fit, of course.

Few believe he has a shot at the title given the state of his hip – the very reason why he is calling it quits – but expect the British hero and two-time champion to draw more cheers while in action, than perhaps reigning champion and four-time winner Novak Djokovic.

Meanwhile, eight-time champion Roger Federer and two-time winner Rafael Nadal are not getting any younger and will continue to attract audiences both to the venue and to the television sets.

All eyes will be on world champion Lewis Hamilton as he bids for a sixth British Grand Prix win. Matthew Childs / Reuters
All eyes will be on world champion Lewis Hamilton as he bids for a sixth British Grand Prix win. Matthew Childs / Reuters

Assuming ball games are not your thing (again, not judging anyone here) and you instead prefer cars going around the track at very high speeds, then there is the Formula One championship to look forward to. The British Grand Prix, also an annual spectacle like the Wimbledon championships, is all set for action at Silverstone the same weekend.

Practice and qualifying are scheduled to take place on Friday and Saturday, but raceday itself is due only on Sunday.

Most British fans are expected to throw their support behind Lewis Hamilton, the reigning world champion and Mercedes-GP driver, but the race will become more thrilling to watch if the Briton is severely tested by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, last year's winner, and Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen.

Indeed, this is not any other Sunday. Let's call it the Super Duper Sunday.

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Updated: January 22, 2019 03:57 PM

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