2018 calendar: From Russia with love, India's English summer, and a Hockey World Cup at home

Welcome 2018! This will be another busy and exciting year in the world of sports -- with the football World Cup in Russia promising to be the icing on the cake. Also on the calendar are the multi-sport Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. Here's what to look out for and when.


Cricket: January 5-9: India vs South Africa, 1st Test

Football: January 6-7 FA Cup 3rd round

Cricket: January 13-17: India vs South Africa, 2nd Test

Tennis: January 15-28: Australian Open

Cricket: January 24-28: India vs South Africa, 3rd Test

Football: January 27-28: FA Cup fourth round

Badminton: January 30-February 4 India Open


Cricket: February 1-24: India vs South Africa, ODI and T20 series

Football: Champions League and Europa League resumes


Tennis: March 5-18: Indian Wells (ATP 1000)

Cricket: March 8-20: Nidahas Trophy (India-SL-BD Tri-series)

Badminton: March 14-18 All England Open

Tennis: March 19-26: Miami Open (ATP 1000)


April 4-15: Commonwealth Games

Hockey: May 13-20: Women's Asian Champions Trophy (Korea)

Tennis: April 14-22: Monte-Carlo Masters (ATP 1000)


Tennis: May 4-13: Madrid Open (ATP 1000)

Football: May 6: El Clasico (Week 36, La Liga)

Tennis: May 14-20 Italian Open (ATP 1000)

Football: May 16: UEL Final

Football: May 19: FA Cup Final

Football: May 26: UCL Final

Tennis: May 27-June 10: French Open

NBA: May 31-June 17: NBA finals


Football: June 14: Russia vs Saudi Arabia (WC 2018, first match)


Tennis: July 2-15: Wimbledon

Badminton: July 3-8 Indonesia Open

Football: July 15: World Cup Final

Hockey: July 21-August 5: Women's World Cup (London)


Cricket: August 1-5: England v India, first Test

Tennis: August 6-12: Canadian Open (ATP 1000)

Cricket: August 9-13: England v India, second Test

Tennis: August 13-19: Cincinnati Masters (ATP 1000)

August 18-September 2: Asian Games

Cricket: August 18-22: England v India, third Test

Tennis: August 27-September 9: US Open

Cricket: August 30-September 3: England v India, fourth Test

Shooting: August 31-September 18 World Championships (Korea)


Badminton: September 4-9 Hyderabad Open

Cricket: September 7-11: England v India, fifth Test

Badminton: September 18-23: China Open


Hockey: Oct 1- 15: Men's Asian Champions Trophy (venue TBA)

Tennis: October 7-15: Shanghai Masters (ATP 1000)

Tennis: October 29-November 4: Paris Masters (ATP 1000)


Hockey: Nov 28 - Dec 16: Men's World Cup (Bhubaneswar)