Get ready for a sizzling summer of sport

Posted June 26, 2015 - Blog Posts

This summer is a sport’s fan dream with plenty to sink your teeth into. There are lots of Brits to pin your hopes on with Andy Murray chasing his second Wimbledon crown and Lewis Hamilton aiming for Silverstone’s chequered flag. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, you can also watch the Tour de France, The Open at St Andrews, and The Ashes. So grab some mates, put fresh batteries in the remote, and follow the action on Freeview.

Wimbledon; Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova, Tim Henman, Sue Barker, Clare Balding, John McEnroe, Lindsay Davenport - (C) BBC - Photographer: Ray Burmiston

Wimbledon (29 June to 12 July on BBC One and BBC Two)

Fingers and toes will be crossed again for Andy Murray. The Scot has been seeded third and enters the championships in great form after his victory at the Queens Club. But Novak Djokovic will start the tournament as favourite despite his shock defeat to Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in the French Open Final.

14397812534_cdb79bf36d_zPhoto taken by Marianne Bevis

Wimbledon 2015 promises to serve up a real treat and we’re not talking about the strawberries and cream. This year’s coverage is even better. Sue Barker will front live proceedings across BBC One and BBC Two, while you can also listen to the action on BBC Radio 5 live. If you miss anything, Clare Balding will take you through the highlights on BBC Two at 20:30 (live coverage allowing). And if you hit the Red Button, you can watch up to three live streams of other matches. If you own a smart TV, access Red Button+ for up to 15 live streams. While BBC iPlayer lets you enjoy full-length matches and highlights on-demand.

Wimbledon 2015Photo taken by Marc Di Luzio

The British Grand Prix (4 and 5 July on BBC One)

World Champion Lewis Hamilton returns to the spiritual home of Formula 1 with his championship lead still intact after eight races of the season. The Mercedes claimed victory here last year and he’ll be looking to bounce back from this disappointment in Austria having been outdriven by teammate and rival Nico Rosberg.

Lewis Hamilton in actionPhoto taken by Jake Archibald

BBC One will take you as close as possible to the starting grid, paddock, pit-lane and track. Presenter Suzi Perry and commentators Ben Edwards and David Coulthard will be with you for live coverage of both qualifying and the race itself.

Nico Rosberg

Photo taken by Craig Dennis

Tour de France (4 to 26 July on ITV 4)

Sky leader Chris Froome will fancy his chances in this year’s tour. The 2013 champion laid down a marker with an impressive victory at this year’s prestigious Critérium du Dauphiné. But multiple tour winners Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador will also be gunning for the coveted yellow jersey.

Chris Froome in the peloton

Photo taken by Flowizm…

ITV4 will bring viewers extensive live coverage of the 102nd Tour de France, which begins in Utrecht, in the Netherlands. Presenter Gary Imlach and reporters Ned Boulting and Matt Rendell are joined by cycling legend Chris Boardman, commentators Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen for the 21-stage race, which spends three days crossing through the Netherlands and Belgium before entering France and ends at its traditional home, the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

Chris Froome and Team Sky Photo taken by Jaguar Mena

The Ashes (July 8 to August 25 on Channel 5)

England will be desperate to regain the famous urn and avenge the humiliating 5-0 whitewash they suffered in the last Ashes series. In 2013-14, Alistair Cook’s men had no answer to the all-round brilliance of the Aussies Down Under – but there’s real cause for optimism. Under new coach Trevor Bayliss, England have displayed a new positive approach, impressing in both the Test and limited-overs series against New Zealand.

Action at the crease Photo taken by Nic Redhead

The Ashes promises to be as gripping as ever. On Channel 5, you can catch all the highlights at 19:00 following every day’s play. Lord’s, Edgbaston, Trent Bridge, The Kia Oval and Cardiff’s SWALEC Stadium will stage the Test Matches. After The Ashes, England and Australia will do battle again in a NatWest IT20 in Cardiff on Monday 31 August. The old adversaries will also meet in five ODIs in September.

Trent BridgePhoto taken by [Duncan]

The Open (16 to 19 July on BBC One)

A new rivalry is bubbling nicely in time for the third major of the year. World number one Rory McIlroy has played second fiddle to his American counterpart Jordan Spieth in the last two majors . The 21-year-old American is the youngest golfer to hold both the Masters and U.S. Open at the same time. However, McIlroy will know the St Andrews course far better than Spieth, who has only managed a single round there.

Rory McIlroyPhoto taken by Tour Pro Golf Clubs

There’ll be comprehensive live coverage on BBC One and Two. Across the four days of play, you can also catch the action on radio and online. While the Red Button gives you access to several live streams from around the fabled course.

Lee PoulterPhoto taken by Keith Allison

Stop press: FIFA Women’s World Cup
England v Canada, 00:00-02:30 on Sunday 28 June, BBC One

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