2023 travel: Sports events around the world to book a holiday for

The Slams: Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the Wimbledon men’s final by beating Australian Nick Kyrgios. Photo / AP

No pressure guys, but there’s a gap on NZRugby’s mantel where the Webb Ellis Cup should have been. The other is right next to where the oddly mundane but no less important Rugby World Cup has been sitting for several weeks.

The big prize of 2023 for fans of Kiwi sport is undoubtedly the Rugby World Cup held in France from September 8 to October 28 (well, we hope the All Blacks will play that day). But it won’t be just rugby Kiwi fans who will want to travel the world next year – there’s a jam-packed calendar of events to plan a vacation around.

Netball, another popular sport, is hosting the 16th of the world championships in Cape Town from 28 July to 6 August.

Played between twelve of the previous 15 decision makers – oh, you guessed it – there’s always the possibility that there’s going to be another transtasman encounter this time around. Our absolutely no-expert tip: watch out for the Sunshine Girls of Jamaica, which is ranked #3.

It’s hard to tell when one cricket season ends and another begins because the same small group of players takes on so many different competitions 51 weeks of the year, from Yorkshire to Bangalore to Kingston and Hobart.

Women in South Africa and men in India should be a little more open in February when ICC’s World T20 (women) and One-Day World Cup (men) are played.

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In the women’s match, we are 3rd behind Australia and England, 2nd behind England in the men’s match and ahead of India, Pakistan and Australia. We stand before you with applause in both tournaments. And there’s a sense of injustice swirling around the men’s team after refereeing and bullshit at Lord’s in 2019.

It took a long time to reach the biggest global sporting event of 2023, especially as it takes place in Aotearoa and Australia, but we are working on the unique interests of Kiwis.

US player Megan Rapinoe is just one of the female soccer stars to look out for when the Fifa Women's World Cup comes to New Zealand in 2023.  Photo / Megan Briggs, Getty Images
US player Megan Rapinoe is just one of the female soccer stars to look out for when the Fifa Women’s World Cup comes to New Zealand in 2023. Photo / Megan Briggs, Getty Images

The FIFA Women’s World Cup – football is the #1 sport on the planet and you might not have noticed, the #1 women’s sport – will be played Down Under from 20 July to 20 August. And many of these women are full-time pro athletes, earning the same paychecks as many of the bigger male names.

It’s fair to say that this will be one of the most important events we host, with billions of real – not data-massaged – global audiences.

For the first time, it now covers 32 countries, the same as the men’s tournament in Qatar. Favorites, as always, are the Americans, playing under the catchy nickname “USWNT” – equality with the male USMNT. Four-time World Cup winners, four-time Olympic gold winners, Australian Matildas whatever they call you, their rivalries likely come from Sweden, Germany and Canada. Players to watch: Megan Rapinoe, the US version of Ruby Tui but with boots; His father is Trinity Rodman, who also plays ball games.

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The pillars of the world’s professional sports circuses are returning, but some familiar faces may not. ASB Classic returns to Auckland from January 2-14; 2021 US Open winner Emma Raducanu, world number 7 Coco Gauff, and top 10 players Cameron Norrie and Casper Ruud among the names confirmed so far. Subsequently, the Australian Open continues its traditional role as the opening event of the tennis Grand Slams in Melbourne from 16-29 January; unfortunately, without Serena Williams or Roger Federer. He will have Novak Djokovic but that doesn’t seem like a fair trade. Other tournaments are the French Open (Paris, 28 May – 11 June), Wimbledon (3 – 16 July), and the US Open (New York, 28 August – 10 September).

Remains to be the theme song of Golf LIV will tear us apart (sorry, Joy Division) is fighting for its wallet, if not the heart or soul of the Saudi-funded circus game.

Depending on who signs with whom and whether a truce can be reached, the majors will make their Masters (Augusta, April 6-9), US PGA (Oak Hill, New York, May 18-21), US Open debut. At LA Country Club (June 15-18) and British Open (Royal Liverpool, July 10-23). The Ryder Cup enters the Roman holiday (September 29 – October 1).

Formula 1 continues its quest for global motorsport dominance – who would have guessed that American youth would prefer it to the Indianapolis 500 and Nascar? This is Netflix for you.

Starting in Bahrain (March 5) and ending in Abu Dhabi (November 26), the season features 24 record-breaking races; China and Qatar are back and Las Vegas is coming with a Saturday night race.

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The driver changes (goodbye Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo) will be the usual roundabouts, as will surprising changes to the rules that no one understands in the first place, and burning too much fossil fuel. Kiwi fans will enjoy the big weekend (30 March – 2 April) in Melbourne.

As each year seems to encompass more of the block, it’s time for the Tour de France to change its name to the Tour de l’Union europeenne. The 110th edition of the men’s race (July 1-23) tracks the 3400km route from Spain’s Basque region to the German border, bypassing most of France. The women’s novice tour expands into a week-long event that begins on July 23 in Clermont-Ferrand and zigzags south towards the Mediterranean.

Three world championships – sailing (The Hague, August 10-20), athletics (Budapest, August 19-27) and rowing (Belgrade, September 3-10) – are attracting more attention than ever before, and all because the black athlete silver fern years featured in each of them. There’s only one year until the 2024 Paris Olympics, so the performances here contain more than a few hopes and dreams.

Also: Extreme Sports Winter X Games (Aspen, January 27-29), Superbowl (Glendale, Arizona, February 12), World Snooker Championship (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, April 15 – May 1), Gay Games (Hong Kong, November 3) ) 11), Melbourne Cup (Flemington, 7 November).


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