2017 will be another great year for sport. Apart from the regular football, basketball and Formula One seasons, there a number of other exciting sporting events exclusive to 2017.

From the Winter Universiade to the Ashes Cricket Series, here’s a small list of major sporting events in the 2017 calendar year.

#10 – Tennis Grand Slams – (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open)

While the four grand slams are contested every year, this time it is all the more special for one reason: Roger Federer.

While every match Federer plays from here on will be a gift to fans, he still very much wants to win Grand Slam #18 and as such, all eyes of the tennis world will be on Federer at the Slams of 2017.

#9 – Winter games – 2017 Winter Universiade, Kazakhstan (January 28 – February 8)

Winter Universiade 2017, the XXVIII Winter Universiade, is a multi-sport winter event which will take place in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Student-athletes from all over the world between the ages of 17 and 28 will flock to Almaty to take part in Winter Universiade organized by FISU.

Winter Universiade 2009 in Harbin

Winter Universiade 2009 in Harbin

Altogether, 64 National University Sports Federations are expected to send athletes and you might just spot the next big thing in sports.

#8 – The 2017 Pro Bowl

It’s the NFL’s all-star game for the 2016 season which will be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on January 29, 2017. The rosters will be announced on December 20 on a Pro Bowl selection show on NFL Network.

Shots from the NFL Pro Bowl

Shots from the NFL Pro Bowl

#7 – Super Bowl LI (February 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston)

Super Bowl LI will be the 51st Super Bowl and the 47th modern-era NFL championship game. The AFC champion will play the NFC champion to decide the league champion for the 2016 season. Tensions will be very high.

The Super Bowl LI is to be played in February

The Super Bowl LI is to be played in February

#6 – Asian Winter Games 2017

The 8th edition of the Asian Winter Games will be hosted in Sapporo and Obihiro, Japan. Originally scheduled for 2018, the Olympic Council of Asia’s general assembly decided to move the Games to one year before the Winter Olympics moving forward.

Asian Winter Games 2017 at Obihiro, Japan

Asian Winter Games 2017 at Obihiro, Japan

#5 – 2017 NBA All-Star Game

The exhibition basketball game that will be played on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Smoothie King Center. It will be the 66th edition of the event and will be one of the most watches sporting events globally.

Kobe Bryant takes a shot at the All-Star game 2016

Kobe Bryant takes a shot during the All-Star game 2016

#4 –  World Table Tennis Championship, Dusseldorf (Germany)

The 2017 World Table Tennis Championships is due to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 29 May to 5 June 2017. It will be the 54th edition of the biennial competition.

World Table Tennis Championship 2009

World Table Tennis Championship 2009

#3 – 2017 Summer Deaflympics

Officially known as the 23rd Summer Deaflympics, is an international multi-sport event that will take place in Samsun, Turkey from July 18 to July 30, 2017. If you need inspiration, just watch these people overcome the odds and make magic happen.

2009 Summer Deafalympics Opening

2009 Summer Deafalympics Opening

#2 – 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series

It’s the International Triathlon Union’s annual series of triathlon events used to crown an annual world champion. There are eight rounds of competitions culminating in a Grand Final race. Athletes compete head-to-head for points in these races that will determine the overall ITU world champion.

2016 World Triathlon Series

2016 World Triathlon Series

#1 –  2017–18 Ashes Cricket Series

An Ashes series is traditionally of five Tests, hosted in turn by England and Australia at least once every four years. To decide who takes home the Ashes of Australian Cricket, the series will be played at five venues across Australia between 23 November 2017 and 8 January 2018.

A replica of the Ashes urn

A replica of the Ashes urn

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