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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? 2020 2019
Super Bowl Early February San Francisco 49ers New England Patriots
Runners–up Kansas City Chiefs Los Angeles Rams

Baseball

Event When? 2020 2019
World Series October   Washington Nationals
Runners–up   Houston Astros

Cricket

Event When? 2020 2019
Indian Premier League Late May   Mumbai Indians
Natwest/Vitality t20 Blast July or August   Essex Eagles
County Championship Mid–September   Essex
Royal London One–Day Cup September   Somerset

Cycling

Event When? 2020 2019
Tour de France July   Egan Bernal (COL)

Darts

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

Event When? 2020 2019
PDC World Championships December–January Peter Wright (SCO) Michael van Gerwen (3rd)
BDO World Championships January Wayne Warren (WAL) Glen Durrant (3rd)

Football

Event When? 2020 2019
Football League (EFL) Cup Late February or early March Manchester City (8th) Manchester City (7th)
Runners–up Aston Villa Chelsea
FA Premier League May   Manchester City
FA Cup May   Manchester City
Runners–up   Watford
UEFA Champions League Late May or early June   Liverpool
Runners–up   Tottenham Hotspur
Europa League Mid to late May   Chelsea
Runners–up   Arsenal
Scottish Premiership Early to mid May Celtic (51st) Celtic (50th)
La Liga (Spain) Mid–late May   Barcelona
Serie A (Italy) Mid–late May   Juventus

Golf

Event When? 2020 2019
World Matchplay Late March   Kevin Kisner
Masters Early April   Tiger Woods
US Open 3rd Sunday in June   Gary Woodland
The Open Golf Championship Mid–July   Shane Lowry (IRE)
US PGA Mid-August   Brooks Koepka

Motor Racing

Event When? 2020 2019
Formula One World Champion November   Lewis Hamilton (6th)

Racing

Event When? 2020 2019
Cheltenham Gold Cup Mid-March Al Boum Photo Al Boum Photo
Jockey Paul Townend Paul Townend
Grand National Mid–April   Tiger Roll
Jockey   Davy Russell
Trainer   Gordon Elliott
The Derby Early June   Anthony van Dyck
Jockey   Seamie Heffernan

Rugby League

Event When? 2020 2019
Challenge Cup Late August   Warrington Wolves
Runners–up   St. Helens
Super League – Grand Final Early October   St. Helens
Runners–up   Salford Red Devils

Rugby Union

Event When? 2020 2019
Six Nations Mid–late March   Wales
European Cup Early May   Saracens
Runners–up   Leinster
English Premiership – first in table Early May   Exeter Chiefs
Play–off winners Late May   Saracens
Runners–up   Exeter Chiefs

Snooker

Event When? 2020 2019
Masters January Stuart Bingham Judd Trump
World Championships Mayday Bank Holiday Ronnie O'Sullivan (6th) Judd Trump
UK Championships December   Ding Junhui

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? 2020 2019
Australian Open Men's Singles January Novak Djokovic (8th) Novak Djokovic (7th)
Ditto,  Women's Singles Sofia Kenin (USA) Naomi Osaka
French Open Men's Singles May–June   Rafael Nadal (12th)
French Open Women's Singles   Ashleigh Barty (AUS)
Wimbledon Men's Singles June–July   Novak Djokovic (5th)
Runner–up   Roger Federer
Wimbledon Women's Singles   Simona Halep (ROM)
Runner–up   Serena Williams
Wimbledon Men's Doubles   Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL)
Robert Farah (COL)
Wimbledon Women's Doubles   Hsieh Su-wei (TWN)
Barbora Strycová (CZE)
Wimbledon Mixed Doubles   Ivan Dodig (CRO)
Latisha Chan (TWN)
US Open Men's Singles August–September   Rafael Nadal (4th)
US Open Women's Singles   Bianca Andreescu (CAN)
Davis Cup Early December   Spain (6th)
Runners–up   Canada

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