What to watch in May (the fourth be with you)

I would argue that May is the best month for sport (and Eurovision – don’t forget Eurovision). Why? Well I’m about to recommend some events you will definitely not want to miss!

For us cricket nerds, May is the start of the international summer. And this May is no different, with England hosting Ireland for two historic ODIs (including one at Lords) at the start of the month, with more ODIs to follow against South Africa towards the end. These two mini-series are gearing up for our hosting of the Champions Trophy, which begins on the 1st June. If you like coloured-kit cricket, May and June are the months for you to plonk yourself in front of what I presume will be showed on Sky Sports 2.

In football, May signals the end of the season. Which, I suppose, is a good thing for both football and non-football fans. The Premier League is usually boring at this stage, but the league and non-league is far from it. The play-offs are the most exciting domestic tournaments of the calendar, and the most expensive match in the sport is played at Wembley on the 29th. Non-league finals day on the 21st offers two matches for the price of one.

If you are a fan of aces, serves and breaks, the French Open concludes what promises to be an intriguing clay court season in tennis. Can Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic recover their ordinary starts to the year? Will Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal continue their remarkable comebacks? How about the women – Serena has just announced she’s pregnant, and in her absence Jo Konta has shone. Not really a player for the red of clay, but can the Brit compete for her first major? How will Maria Sharapova contend, potentially with the challenges of qualifying?

There are two formula one races for the petrolheads to enjoy, including the iconic Monaco GP (minus Fernando Alonso but plus Jenson Button (yay!!)). If you love cars but hate the money and lack of overtakes in F1, maybe the British Touring Car Championship will excite you? There are two race weekends in that too, and if you live near Thruxton or Oulton Park, £39 and £35 for a weekend of racing is pretty decent value.

I would stress that the most important thing to do, however, if you want to experience live sport is to look at your local events. Southwell Racecourse, for example, will be hosting three horse-riding meets in May. There will be many more like that close to you, offering high quality sport at affordable prices. The weather is usually nice in May, go out and take advantage of your day off.

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