2022: Month in Sport
Cincinnati Western and Southern Open
7 – 14 August
BetVictor European Masters
16 – 21 August
18 – 21 August
29 August – 11 September
|MLS||67||Columbus vs Montreal||4 August|
|Eredivisie||36||Utrecht vs Ajax||28 August|
|Scottish Premiership||24||Celtic vs Hearts||20 August|
There will be no shortage of action on the football pitch to keep fans engaged this month. With the summer football hiatus now over, both the Dutch Eredivisie and the Scottish Premiership make their return to the football calendar for the start of their new seasons. In MLS, Philadelphia are narrowly taking the top spot in the Eastern Conference, with LAFC and Austin FC leading the way in the Western Conference. Recently the New York Red Bulls stunned with their 4-3 victory against Austin, with the four goals scored by players with an average age of just 21.5, bringing the team of youngsters up towards the top of the standings.
|Grand Slam||US Open||29 Aug – 11 Sept|
|ATP 1000||2 inc. Western & Southern Open||7 – 14 August|
|ATP 500||Citi Open||1 – 7 August|
|ATP 250||6 inc. Winston-Salem Open||21 – 27 August|
Tennis fans have plenty of exciting moments to look forward to throughout August. The Western and Southern Cincinnati Open takes place at the beginning of the month, with a range of the world’s top men and women players taking to the court. Having never won a match at his 6 previous appearances, Alexander Zverev came out dominant in last years tournament to walk away with the trophy. This year he will once again face tough competition as across the men and women’s, there are 11 former tournament winners and 19 Grand Slam major champions scheduled to compete at the tournament. With a number of other ATP tournaments also scheduled throughout August, the month then ends with the return of the final Grand Slam of the year, as the US Open kicks off at Flushing Meadows on August 29th.
|PGA Tour||4 events inc. BMW Championship||18 – 21 August|
|DP World Tour||4 events inc. Omega European Masters||25 – 28 August|
|LPGA Tour||2 events inc. CP Women’s Open||25 – 28 August|
The golf course is bustling with action this month with notable highlights including the PGA Tour’s BMW Championship and both the Czech and European Masters on the DP World Tour. The BMW Championship is the penultimate event of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs and sees the world’s best 70 players take to the course at Wilmington Country Club. The Omega European Masters are one of Europe’s most prestigious tournaments, with the Crans Montana location known as one of the most spectacular courses on the DP World Tour Schedule. The event has been held at this same location for the last 75 years and will once again feature an array of golf greats, including reigning champion Rasmus Hojgaard, and previous champion Sebastian Soderberg.
|UFC Fight Night||Santos vs Hill||6 August|
|UFC Fight Night||Vera vs Cruz||13 August|
|UFC 278||Usman vs Edwards||2 – 20 August|
UFC brings two Fight Nights and one numbered fight to fans throughout August. UFC 278 takes place in Salt Lake City at the end of the month and is headlined by the Welterweight title bout rematch between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards. The pair previously met in 2015, where Usman was crowned champion by unanimous decision in what was his debut fight as a UFC athlete. He has since taken the Welterweight title after his unanimous decision win against previous champion, Tyron Woodley, and has successfully defended his title on five occasions since. Despite a series of successful bouts at previous UFC Fight Night’s, Edwards is going to have a tough fight to steal the title from his opponent.
|Bangladesh Home Series||Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe IT20||4 – 8 August|
|Zimbabwe Series||Zimbabwe vs India||18 – 22 August|
|ICC Pathway Events||ICC Men’s CWC League 2||8 – 16 August|
Fans are treated to more entertainment across our cricket portfolio this month, including India’s tour of Zimbabwe for the forthcoming ODI series. This is the first time in six years that India will travel to Zimbabwe for a series, with three ODI’s being played between 18 – 22 August. The teams have currently faced each other in 63 matches in ODI, with India coming out victorious on 51 of these occasions. India are coming off the back of a series of victories from their tour of England and despite a team of youngsters, they look set to continue their series of wins.
|Cazoo British Open Qualifiers||9 – 14 August|
|BetVictor European Masters||16 – 21 August|
|BetVictor Northern Ireland Open Qualifiers||23 – 28 August|
The new snooker season continues throughout August and gets off to a brilliant start with the BetVictor European Masters. The 24th edition of the tournament is the second ranking event of the new season and features some of snookers best, including Judd Trump and Mark Selby. Following one of snooker’s biggest upsets in last season’s tournament, when Chinese youngster Fan Zhengyi beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-8 in the final, this year’s European Masters has a lot of excitement to live up to. 21-year-old Zhengyi is looking to defend his title, beginning with his first game against Michael Judge at the start of the tournament in Germany.
|FireKeepers Casino 400||7 August|
|Federated Auto Parts 400||14 August|
|Go Bowling at The Glen||21 August|
|Coke Zero Sugar 400||27 August|
NASCAR brings fans another four races across the month, the last of the regular season for the NASCAR Cup Series. As the drivers head closer towards the final 16, the intensity of the last four races will be hotting up as the stars go all out to keep their Championship hopes alive. The last race of the month, the Coke Zero Sugar 400, heads to the iconic Daytona International Speedway and has recently been known for its series of close finishes; the last 21 races have seen an average 0.154 second margin of victory. It will no doubt be similarly close this year as drivers battle it out for the final chance to be in with a running of taking home the Bill France Cup.