Tuesday, May 18, 2010


22nd May - Champions League Final: Inter Milan v Bayern Munich at Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

23rd May to 6th June - French Open 2010: Roland Garros, Paris

11th June to 11th July - FIFA World Cup 2010: South Africa

21st June to 4th July - Wimbledon Championships, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), Wimbledon, London

So my schedule is pretty straightforward till 20th July. Four days to Champions League finals... will have to stay up late to watch it live. French Open to commence on the next day. Five days after that - the 2nd biggest sporting event in the world after the Olympics... it will be the FIFA World Cup 2010.

That's when the problem will arise. The Wimbledon starts and ends during the World Cup in South Africa. Luckily, there will not be any FIFA World Cup match on 4th July... the day of Wimbledon finals. I wouldn't have missed the Wimbledon finals for anything... given by what's unfolded over the past two years... Rafael Nadal unseating the King of Grass Roger Federer in 2008 in a rain-interrupted classic before another epic five-setter between Andy Roddick and Roger Federer, where the latter reclaimed his crown after breaking his opponent's serve just once in the whole match... in the very last game of the match!

But I wonder what will happen if Andy Murray plays a semi-final on 2nd July and England's football team plays their Quarter - final match on the same day! The Queen's empire will be divided then... I am sure the Scots will follow the tennis, but Rooney and Co. will certainly not be short of support either.

To all those who are interested: I'll be supporting Inter Milan on 22nd (I quite like Jose Mourinho despite the fact that he has a Chelsea history), then Rafael Nadal over the two tennis Grand Slams (Justine Henin amongst the women), and over the World Cup, it will be Rooney and Torres... I mean, England and Spain who will have my support.

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