Five Not-To-Be-Missed Sporting Events of 2014
Posted: Feb 28 2014
2. Tennis: The Championships, Wimbledon, England. (June 23-July 6)
With Stanislas Wawrinka recently disrupting the dominance of the Big Four, this year's Championships are set to be the most fiercely competitive, in recent times. Compatriate, Roger Federer, will surely see this as one of his last remaining attempts to surpass Pete Sampras and William Renshaw as the most decorated Wimbledon singles player, while reigning champ, Andy Murray, will again be looking to stake his own claims as a force on grass.
3. Cycling: Le Tour de France (July 5-July 27)
The much-maligned sport of cycling has had to endure it's fair share of controversies, over recent years, but the Tour de France never seems to lose its appeal. The event, with its extremely picturesque French countryside, is, let's be honest, made for television, but it would be some experience to be there on the Champs-Elysees when the "Maillot Jaune" rolls in to Paris on the final stage. After a phenomenal performance last year, Chris Froome will certainly be among the favourites to win the general classification.
4. Baseball: MLB Opening Series, Sydney (March 22-23)
For the first time ever, Australia will host an official regular season Major League Baseball fixture. The Opening Series, to be played at the famous Sydney Cricket Ground, will be contested between National League West rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The famed spectacle associated with the MLB will be on display, with typical ball-park food on offer as well as family entertainment planned around the ground. Be there to see the ceremonial first-pitch, witness some world-class athletes in action and enjoy a taste of iconic American culture.
5. Motor Racing: Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne (March 13-16)
Dubbed as one of the "glamour" Grand Prix races, the opening round in Melbourne always seems to captivate Australian and International audiences. With Mark Webber no longer at the wheel for Red Bull Racing, another Aussie, in Daniel Ricciardo, has stepped into the cockpit after a promising season at Toro Rosso. Kimi Raikkonen, meanwhile, will make his return to Ferrari alongside Fernando Alonso. As has been the case on numerous occasions, getting safely out of turn one at Albert Park will be crucial for maintaining an advantageous grid position.