Who said tennis tournaments were confined to the summer? While thinking about Christmas during Wimbledon is likely to send a shudder of disgust down your spine, watching tennis in the UK during the festive month is likely to make a refreshing change from the traditional Christmas shenanigans. If the prospect of being engrossed in a tennis tournament in December does sound appealing, simply head to London.
From December 4 – 8, 2013 what promises to be a thoroughly thrilling tennis competition will be held at the Royal Albert Hall. In a nostalgic blast from the past, the Statoil Masters will see many of the past tennis heroes battle it out on court once more.
Last year saw two of the most recognisable and formidable names in tennis compete – John McEnroe and Pat Cash. The predictably nail-biting match concluded with McEnroe beating Cash not without a few “You cannot be serious” shouts to the umpire and throwing of his racket, much to the delight of spectators. The competitive spirit of these never-to-be-forgotten heroes is still clearly evident as they battled intensely for victory despite the humour.
John McEnroe is the reigning Statoil Masters champion and you can be sure that the snarling American will be at his angriest as he vigorously defends his title. Mats Wilander and Henri Laconte will no doubt be doing there best to take his title away.
It is safe to say that Bethnal Green is a national boxing treasure chest filled with great British boxers. Over the years this East London district has carried a widespread reputation for conjuring up great and skilled fighters.
York Hall is considered to be the home of British boxing and was voted the 6th best boxing venue in the world. If you are a boxing fan and happen to be in the Tower Hamlets vicinity in early October, a superb night of boxing is promised at York Hall. On the evening of October 4, 2013, the ‘Night of Champions’ will take place at this British boxing hotspot.
This highly anticipated event will feature seven champions and four title fights including two world title fights. Former European welterweight champion, Michel “Phantom” Trabant, will be challenging for the vacant GBC World Middleweight (GWM) title. Co-headlining will be Jennifer Retzke verses Angel Mckenzie in the GBC female world welterweight title clash.
Malta’s “Super” Steve Martin will defend his WBU light welterweight title, which he won last year. The Irish light middleweight champion will also be defending his title won in July last year and which he successfully defended last October.
Luton’s former British, Commonwealth and world WBU lightweight champion, Graham “The Duke” Earl, will fight in the light welterweight division. South Londoner, Mark Prince will fight in a cruiserweight contest, whilst former English champion, Ryan Barrett will face Jan Balog in a welterweight contest.
For the first time ever the Badminton World Federation Grand Prix Gold will be held on English soil. From October 1 – 6, 2013, the London Badminton Grand Prix will be part of the Badminton World Federations and will be held at the Copper Box venue in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Copper Box hosted the Olympic handball competition during the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The six-day event will showcase a total of 243 matches and give badminton fans the chance to see the world’s best players compete in speed, strength and agility. The competition will also give the fans that missed out on the Olympic tickets another chance to experience an iconic London Olympic venue whilst enjoying a world-class sporting competition.
The Copper Box underwent conversion work after the Olympics enabling it to become a multi-use venue. The four outer walls of the venue are covered in recycled copper, which will change colour as the building ages. The 7,000 capacity arena will now be used for a number of sports, such as wheelchair rugby, boxing, martial arts and volleyball. The arena will help serve the community, as was promised before the Olympic Park was built. In fact the Copper Box is a fine example of the continuing legacy of the London Olympic Games.
With its edgy and avant-garde design, the London Grand Prix Gold 2013 at the Copper Box Arena will not be what you expect from a typical badminton competition. High speed and agility is at the heart of this compelling sport and this state-of-the-art arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park certainly promises to give such a high profile tournament in worldwide badminton the justice it deserves.
Reacting the 2012 London Olympics with the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
On the last weekend of July 2013 the world’s top athletes will descend upon the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to lock horns with their fellow competitors. It is considered to be one of the best International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League meetings in the world.
Spanning three days of athletics from 26– 28July, the Diamond League meeting is to be held exactly one year after the superbly unique opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games took place. It is difficult to deny that the London 2012 opening ceremony was a day of creative ingenious and triumph for the whole of Great Britain, as the imaginative mastermind of Danny Boyle exploited the talents of David Beckham, the sleek notoriety of James Bond and the global respect for the Queen. If fact it is only right that we celebrate this remarkable British feat and year after it took place.
The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games will mark a return of many of the champions from the 2012 Olympics to London. Athletes such as Mo Farah, who’s incredible double win in the Olympics thrilled the world and Jessica Ennis, who was propelled instant athletic stardom following her win in the heptathlon, will be, once more, rousing a London audience.
The Sunday will highlight the paralympians, who had an equally as successful and action-packed Games in London last year. Referring to this year’s Anniversary Games, Hannah Cockcroft, double Paraolympic gold medal winner said:
London in the late spring/early summer is simply teeming with exclusive and prestigious sporting events and none so more than Polo in the Park. Taking place at the thoroughly elite Hurlingham Club between the 7th and 9th of June, this traditional English event has been providing a fantastic family day out for more than a century.
Polo in the Park 2013 will have bars providing direct views of the action on the field, with numerous fresh food outlets serving up delicious cuisine and with a Luxury Shopping Village, there is much more to Polo in the Park than simply sitting down to watch world-class polo players skilfully control a ball through the thundering hooves of the world’s finest polo horses, in what is one of London’s most dazzling sporting events.
Similar to Wimbledon, the champagne flows at Polo in the Park and none so more than on the Saturday, which is Ladies day – The ‘Social Event of the Summer.’
This exclusive event is spent sipping the finest champagne in the new and utterly stylish Pommery Garden. Or if champagne doesn’t tickle your fancy, treating yourself to some thoroughly unique cocktails from the Mahiki Bar may be more up your street
Sunday June 9 is Finals Day, in which visitors should gear themselves up for an action-packed day. For younger guests there is a multitude of fun games to participate in so mum and dad can relax and enjoy the action of the finals unfold on the field.
If you are looking to continue the theme of luxury, exquisiteness and family-friendliness throughout the whole of your Polo in the Park 2013 experience, then staying at the exclusive Wyndham Grand Hotel will certainly be in-keeping with the whole event.