2022 is now well underway, and what a refreshing feeling it is to be able to book tickets for sport games, matches and tournaments without fear of cancellation, and with minimal rules affecting enjoyment in relation to the global Covid-19 pandemic. After two years of watching from afar in our homes, sports spectatorship is now officially back on the cards, and from the US Open to the FIFA World Cup, there are a whole host of exciting events on the calendar to indulge in over the coming months.
With international travel no longer involving so much red tape, it’s the perfect excuse to book yourself some flights – but sports enthusiasts know that the real fun comes with placing your bets on your favourites to win, with the potential to earn a significant windfall in the process. From traditional bets to the over under, there are lots of ways to wager with your money when it comes to 2022 sports. If you like to play big in sports betting, then these are the major events to keep an eye on over the coming months – and while the NFL Super Bowl might be long gone, there are plenty more thrilling games, matches and tournaments still ahead.
Trackside action is back as we head into April and May, with the Scottish Grand National Festival, Aintree’s Grand National and the US Kentucky Derby all gearing up to provide us with some nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat drama. When it comes to sporting events, it really doesn’t get much better than watching some of the world’s most famous racehorses battle it out for the various titles at stake – and horse racing also happens to be one of the most popular sports for betting – and potentially winning – big.
If horse racing isn’t your cup of tea, then there are still plenty more events to get your teeth into this spring – including the women’s 2022 Chevron Championship and the men’s Master’s Tournament both major highlights of the golfing calendar. Then, there’s the FA Cup at Wembley and the UEFA Cup Champions League final to keep football fanatics glued to their screens (or VIP boxes), and finally, the French Open for those who can’t resist a bit of on-court action in tennis.
As well as seeing the winners of the French Open finally revealed, there’s plenty more tennis in store for us over the summer. The US Open takes place in North Carolina, while the men’s US Open in Brooklyn also opens in June. Meanwhile, the horse-racing action also continues at Royal Ascot, and motorsport enthusiasts will get their first taste of this year’s excitement at 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Next up, it’s the Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone in July, which offers the biggest chance of the year to watch some race-car action on home soil, and will likely see Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen once again battle it out for a win and ultimately, to be crowned 2022 champion.
Of course, summer wouldn’t be summer without Wimbledon, which also returns in July. Set to be a star-studded event that is often attended by the royals, you can expect a thrilling few weeks of play right here in London, with the UEFA women’s Euro tournament and the continuation of the Formula One season also worthy of note this month.
As we head into August, it’s time to place your bets on the Commonwealth Games, and as the 22/23 English Premiership season kicks off once more, it’s the perfect time to splurge on a VIP season ticket. Over in New York, we’ll also see the US Grand Slam get underway on American soil, starting with the US Open. For tennis lovers, it’s the perfect way to round off a thrilling season.
Autumn and winter
As we move into autumn, the long, hot days of summer are behind us – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any more exciting sporting events to bet on. As the Formula One season continues, races will take place in the Netherlands and Italy, while the US Open will finally crown its well-deserving winners.
The London Marathon takes place in October, while November sees the culmination of the FIG World Gymnastics tournament in Liverpool. Formula One continues in Brazil and Abu Dhabi as the 2022 season concludes, while December sees the first ever FIFA World Cup Final to be held during the British winter, in Qatar. With England pegged as a favourite and Euro rivals Italy not participating, it could be an exciting one to watch here on home soil.
Please gamble responsibly (18+ UK) – check age restrictions before participating