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Sport: Winners

There are certain annual sporting events for which any serious quizzer should know at least the current champion(s).

This page lists the current champions in those events that are, in my experience, most commonly asked about in UK quizzes. Since some events won't have taken place yet in the current calendar year, it shows the winners (and runners–up, where I think it's appropriate to do so) for last year as well. The two years are in separate columns for clarity; if there's no entry under the current year, it hasn't taken place yet and last year's winner(s) is or are the current holder(s). (Is this making any sense?!)

As each year passes, rather than ditching the information that I've compiled about it, I copy the information to a spreadsheet. (There's only so much information you can show on a web page and keep it useable.)

The spreadsheet currently goes back to 2006. Click here to open the spreadsheet.

(If you don't have Excel, you can download a free viewer here, from the Microsoft website.)

For international competitions, UK winners (and runners–up) are shown in bold type – except in Darts and Snooker. For the three US golf majors, contestants are US unless otherwise stated.  For darts and snooker competitions, contestants are English unless otherwise stated.

American Football

Event When? 2018 2017
Super Bowl Early February Philadelphia Eagles New England Patriots
Runners–up New England Patriots Atlanta Falcons


Event When? 2018 2017
World Series October   Houston Astros
Runners–up   LA Dodgers


Event When? 2018 2017
Indian Premier League Late May Chennai Super Kings Mumbai Indians
Natwest t20 Blast July or August Worcestershire Rapids Nottinghamshire Outlaws
County Championship Mid–September Surrey Essex
Royal London One–Day Cup September Hampshire Nottinghamshire


Event When? 2018 2017
Tour de France July Geraint Thomas Chris Froome


The PDC World Championships are televised by Sky Sports; the BDO World Championships are televised by the BBC.

Event When? 2018 2017
PDC World Championships December–January Rob Cross Michael van Gerwen
BDO World Championships January Glen Durrant (2nd) Glen Durrant


Event When? 2018 2017
Football League (EFL) Cup Late February or early March Manchester City Manchester United
Runners–up Arsenal Southampton
FA Premier League May Manchester City Chelsea
FA Cup May Chelsea Arsenal
Runners–up Manchester United Chelsea
UEFA Champions League Late May or early June Real Madrid Real Madrid
Runners–up Liverpool Juventus
Europa League Mid to late May Atlético Madrid Manchester United
Runners–up Marseille Ajax
Scottish Premiership Early to mid May Celtic Celtic
La Liga (Spain) Mid–late May Barcelona Real Madrid
Serie A (Italy) Mid–late May   Juventus


Event When? 2018 2017
World Matchplay Late March Bubba Watson Dustin Johnson
Masters Early April Patrick Reed (USA) Sergio García (ESP)
US Open 3rd Sunday in June Brooks Koepka Brooks Koepka (USA)
The Open Golf Championship Mid–July Francesco Molinari Jordan Spieth
US PGA Mid-August Brooks Koepka Justin Thomas

Motor Racing

Event When? 2018 2017
Formula One World Champion November   Lewis Hamilton


Event When? 2018 2017
Cheltenham Gold Cup Mid-March Native River Sizing John
Jockey Richard Johnson Robbie Power
Grand National Mid–April Tiger Roll One for Arthur
Jockey Davy Russell Derek Fox
Trainer Gordon Elliott Lucinda Russell
The Derby Early June Masar Wings of Eagles
Jockey William Buick Padraig Beggy

Rugby League

Event When? 2018 2017
Challenge Cup Late August Catalans Dragons Hull FC
Runners–up Warrington Wolves Wigan Warriors
Super League – Grand Final Early October Wigan Warriors Leeds Rhinos
Runners–up Warrington Wolves Castleford Tigers

Rugby Union

Event When? 2018 2017
Six Nations Mid–late March Ireland England
European Cup Early May Leinster Saracens
Runners–up Racing 92 Clermont Auvergne
English Premiership – first in table Early May Exeter Chiefs Exeter Chiefs
Play–off winners Late May Saracens Exeter Chiefs
Runners–up Exeter Chiefs Wasps


Event When? 2018 2017
Masters January Mark Allen (NIR) Ronnie O'Sullivan (7th)
World Championships Mayday Bank Holiday Mark Williams Mark Selby
UK Championships December   Ronnie O'Sullivan (6th)


You are unlikely to get asked about some of these champions, if only because English speakers tend to have trouble remembering (let alone pronouncing) some of the names. But it's not unusual to be asked the nationality of someone whose name you might have trouble with; or in the case of a doubles pair, you might be given the name of one of them (probably the less pronounceable one) and asked for the other.

Any current Grand Slam singles champion is fair game for a serious quiz; but I think it's fair to say that in the UK, if you ever get asked about a doubles pair, it will be the current Wimbledon champions (Men's, Women's or Mixed). Similarly, you might get asked about the defeated finalist in one of the Wimbledon singles events, but not in the doubles and not those in any of the other Grand Slam tournaments.

Here, then, are all the current Grand Slam singles champions, Wimbledon singles runners–up, and Wimbledon doubles champions – with their nationalities – in the order that the tournaments are played in each calendar year.

Oh – and the Davis Cup champions and runners–up as well.

Event When? 2018 2017
Australian Open Men's Singles January Roger Federer (6th) Roger Federer (5th)
Ditto,  Women's Singles Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) Serena Williams (7th)
French Open Men's Singles May–June Rafael Nadal (11th) Rafael Nadal (10th)
French Open Women's Singles Simona Halep (ROM) Jeļena Ostapenko (LAT)
Wimbledon Men's Singles June–July Novak Djokovic Roger Federer (8th)
Runner–up Kevin Anderson (RSA) Marin Cilic (CRO)
Wimbledon Women's Singles Angelique Kerber Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP)
Runner–up Serena Williams Venus Williams
Wimbledon Men's Doubles Mike Bryan (USA)
Jack Sock (USA)
Łucasz Kubot (POL)
Marcelo Melo (BRA)
Wimbledon Women's Doubles Barbora Krejčíková (CZE)
Kateřina Siniaková (CZE)
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)
Elena Vesnina (RUS)
Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Alexander Peya (AUT)
Nicole Melichar (USA)
Jamie Murray (GBR)
Martina Hingis (SWI)
US Open Men's Singles August–September Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal (ESP)
US Open Women's Singles Naomi Osaka Sloane Stephens (USA)
Davis Cup Early December   France
Runners–up   Belgium

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