Unless you’re a football fan, the summer is a fantastic time for sports. While the football season has wound down for a few months, fans of other sports are enjoying the sun while watching their favourite sports and even placing a few bets. If you’re a betting enthusiast that primarily bets on football, then you’re missing out on some exciting summer sports where you have the potential to make a few more quid.
Cricket is probably the first thought of many people when it comes to summer sports. Although the cricket ‘season’ starts at in March, it isn’t until the summer where the majority of games are played. Throughout the summer of 2017, there are numerous competitions and large matches for you to place some bets. In England, fans can look forward to the NatWest t20 Blast. With multiple games a day on almost every day, betting fans can look forward to placing plenty of bets. If 20:20 cricket isn’t your ideal form of cricket, the County Championship is still ongoing throughout the summer for test match betting enthusiasts. If that still isn’t enough cricket for you, the Women’s World Cup is still ongoing for the rest of July. In other summers, cricket fans also have the joys of the Ashes, the ICC Champions Trophy, and even the ICC Cricket World Cup!
Another good ‘summer sport’ to place your bets on is tennis. Although tennis is played all year round, it isn’t until summer where the majority and largest tournaments are played. Between May and July, two of the biggest Grand Slam tournaments are played – The French Open and Wimbledon. In recent years, it has become expected that one of the ‘Big Four’ win the Grand Slams and it doesn’t seem like that dominance will end any time soon. However there have been some major shock in recent years – the most notable being Rafal Nadal’s shock second round exits at Wimbledon in 2012 and 2015. It’s not just the Grand Slams which fans and punters can look forward to. There are tournaments such as the German Open and the Washington Open over the summer to place some more bets.
Cycling is also another popular sport for people to place their bets on. Like tennis, cycling events take place all year round – both indoors and outdoors. However, it is the Tour de France which is the biggest and most recognisable cycling tournament. The 2017 edition of the tournament has just gotten underway and it looks to be one of the most exciting tournaments yet. It’s not just the Tour de France to look forward to over the summer. After the Tour de France is finished, cycling fans can look forward to races such as Clásica Ciclista San Sebastián, Tour de Pologne, and many more. If there is one sport to place as many bets as possible, it’s cycling.
Aquatic based sports, such as swimming and diving, also tend to reach the peak of their popularity during the summer. Although these sports may not be as popular as the others mentioned in the article, there are still numerous events for fans and punters to be excited about. There’s no doubt that one of the biggest events for these types of sports is the World Aquatics Championships. With events such as swimming, diving, high diving, open water swimming, synchronized swimming, and water polo taking place, this tournament has an abundance of events to place bets on. It’s definitely something you don’t want to miss out on.
Even if this list of summer sports doesn’t excite you and you are keen to stick to football betting, there are usually a few games (both club and international) occurring in the summer. Large international football tournaments such as the World Cup (excluding the 2022 edition) and the European Championships are summer exclusive tournaments, which occur every two year, which you could bet on as well. However with football on our screens for at least 9 months a year, it’s always good to get into some new sports to watch, become a fan, and even bet on.