Get set for a bumper month of sporting choice!
We’re now well into the summer months and aside from the inclement weather across Europe of late, these next 30 days promise to bring a ray of sunshine to sporting enthusiasts on UK television. June is literally packed with major events day after day, week after week.
Here’s our rundown of the sporting events not to be missed on UK terrestrial television this June 2016:
Tennis – French Open, Roland Garros
It’s fair to say it been pretty wet in Paris for the first week of the year’s second grand Slam tournament. Wednesday 30th May was a complete wash out, the first in decades and today hasn’t looked much better either. However, we have to stay positive and the weather gods promise us much warmer temperatures and sunnier skies for the second week of the famous clay court tournament. Hopefully it will finish on schedule come Sunday 5th June.
Live coverage is currently being aired daily on ITV4.
Horse Racing – Derby, Epsom
Fans of horse racing and betting will be looking forward to this years Derby. According to the latest bookies reports, “US Army Ranger” and “Wings of Desire” are the favourites but most pundits believe the race is wide open this year. So if you fancy a flutter, “Red Verdon” might be a good bet at 25-1 (at the time of writing).
Live coverage of this year’s festival can be seen on Channel 4, June 4th.
Football – Euro 2016, France
With three home nations in the shape of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, plus the Republic of Ireland going to this year’s European Championships, there’s a great deal more interest in Britain for our home countries to do well than years gone by. England’s young lions may spring a few surprises whilst Wales, in their first major tournament for 57 years, will look to talisman Gareth Bale to light up the tournament in the same group as England.
We have a full live match schedule in a previous blog post so you have no excuses to miss any of the live football action coming your way next month!
Live coverage of the tournament is shared across the BBC and ITV.
Formula 1 – Canadian & Azerbaijan Grand Prix
With Lewis Hamilton recently winning in Monaco and arch rival Nico Rosberg only finishing 7th, do we finally have an F1 season battle developing? The standings now look a great deal closer after the Brit’s win with just 24 points separating the two Mercedes drivers. With a great record in Canada, can Lewis close the gap further and put increased pressure on the German? We’ll have to wait and see!
Live coverage of both races can be seen on Channel 4.
Tennis – Queens Club & Wimbledon
And finally… as we began the month’s roundup, we end it with tennis, at the start of the years grass court season, beginning with the Wimbledon warm up tournament at The Queens Club, followed by the main even at SW19 for the world’s most famous grand slam tournament at Wimbledon.
No one can really predict who will win this year’s tournament but with world number 1 Novak Djokovic looking in unbeatable form, few will look past the Serb to retain his trophy again this summer.
Live coverage will be aired daily across the BBC.