This post is written by Aaryaman Vir Shah, Business Manager – Operations at Haptik
As 2014 came to a close, lets reflect for a moment on the year in sport. Germany sent shockwaves coursing around the world with its domination in the FIFA World Cup; the 7-1 thrashing handed out to the hosts Brazil in Belo Horizonte will go down in the annals of history as one of the most remarkable football matches.
The Cricket world came together to mourn the loss of Phil Hughes; the tragic passing of the Australian batsman overshadowed any other news such as MS Dhoni’s retirement from Test cricket or Rohit Sharma’s historic slog of 264 at the Eden Gardens versus Sri Lanka.
In Tennis and F1, we saw the emergence of new talents such as Kei Nishikori and the re-emergence of faded stars such as Lewis Hamilton. The competition just seems to get fiercer each year, and 2014 did not disappoint for F1 and tennis fans. The International Premier Tennis League also saw the world’s best in Tennis come to India.
So whats next for sports enthusiasts to look forward to? In this blog post, Haptik looks at some of the most eagerly anticipated events to help you build your sports calendar of 2015:
What better way to pay homage to Phil Hughes and the cricket fraternity than to put on the best showcase of international cricket in the country of Hughes’ death? The ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will be more emotional than ever this year, and which cricket fan will want to miss out on watching the top teams in the world fighting it out at the likes of Melbourne Cricket Ground?
Here are the important matches to look out for during the 2015 Cricket World Cup:
- India vs. Pakistan, 15th February ICC World Cup
- 29th March, ICC World Cup Final
For die-hard cricket fans, another important date to look out for is the Ashes 2015 which begin on the 8th of July.
- 6th June, UEFA Champions League Final: The main event of most important and prestigious club tournament in the world is a must-watch game for any football fan. This year’s final takes place in Berlin. Will Bayern Munich win in their home country? Real Madrid? Chelsea? Anything could happen…
- 4th July, Copa America Final: The equivalent of the UEFA Euro Cup final is bound to be a showcase event. With talents such as Neymar, Messi, Luis Suarez, and Alexis Sanchez competing, entertainment is guaranteed.
Here are the four dates corresponding to the men’s singles finals of the four Tennis Grand Slams:
- 19th January – 1st February, Australian Open
- 24th May – 7th June, Roland Garros
- 29th June – 12th July, Wimbledon Final
- 31st August – 13th September, US Open Final
There is enough action spread throughout the year to keep tennis fans satisfied. 2015 promises to be an interesting year; will Federer be able to claw back some of his former glory? Will Nadal and Djokovic step up their game to the next level? Or will 2015 belong to younger talents such as the mercurial Nick Kyrgios? Will India maintain its foothold in the upper echelons of doubles tennis?
Lewis Hamilton begins his defence of the world champions on the 15th of March in Australia. Here are the other important races during the 2015 F1 season:
- 24th May, Monaco Grand Prix: The F1 circuit’s marquee event is always marked with huge excitement. The drivers give their all and the rest of the world tunes in for the people-watching and celebrity-watching just as much as for the racing.
- 29th November, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Abu Dhabi is currently the hottest track on the F1 circuit. Similar to Monaco, the venue is famous as much for the parties and glamour as it is for the racing. The important distinction between Abu Dhabi and Monaco this year is that the world champion will be crowned in Abu Dhabi.
Will it be a close finish this year?
With so many excellent tournaments coming up, 2015 is assured to be a great year for sports fans. So mark your calendars, make your travel arrangements, and get ready for another stellar year of sports!