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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

Baseball

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

Cricket

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

Cycling

Event When? 2018 2017
Tour de France July   Chris Froome

Darts

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

Football

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

Golf

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

Motor Racing

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

Racing

Event When? 2018 2017
Cheltenham Gold Cup Mid-March   Sizing John
Jockey   Robbie Power
Grand National Mid–April   One for Arthur
Jockey   Derek Fox
Trainer   Lucinda Russell
The Derby Early June   Wings of Eagles
Jockey   Padraig Beggy

Rugby League

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

Rugby Union

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

Snooker

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

Tennis

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 (10th)
French Open Women's Singles   Jeļena Ostapenko (LAT)
Wimbledon Men's Singles June–July   Roger Federer (8th)
Runner–up   Marin Cilic (CRO)
Wimbledon Women's Singles   Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP)
Runner–up   Venus Williams
Wimbledon Men's Doubles   Łucasz Kubot (POL)
Marcelo Melo (BRA)
Wimbledon Women's Doubles   Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)
Elena Vesnina (RUS)
Wimbledon Mixed Doubles   Jamie Murray (GBR)
Martina Hingis (SWI)
US Open Men's Singles August–September   Rafael Nadal (ESP)
US Open Women's Singles   Sloane Stephens (USA)
Davis Cup Early December   France
Runners–up   Belgium

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