Scottish sporting dates to look out for in 2019

August

The US Open - where Andy Murray won his first tennis Grand Slam in 2012 - starts in late August.

In rugby union, Scotland's men play home and away summer Tests against France and Georgia, the last in early September, as they warm up for the World Cup.

September

The Scotland men's football team host Russia and Belgium in Euro 2020 qualifiers on 6 and 9 September and Glasgow City enter the Women's Champions League at the last 32 stage.

Ice hockey's Elite League, which currently features three Scottish teams, starts in September.

At rugby's World Cup, Scotland play their opening pool match against Ireland on 22 September then face Samoa on the final day of the month. Domestically, the new Pro14 season will also have started in earnest.

In the middle of the month, the Solheim Cup golf event takes place at Gleneagles and Scot Catriona Matthew captains the European team.

Catriona Matthew
Matthew is a three-time Solheim Cup winner

Shinty's showpiece, the Camanachd Cup final takes place and horse racing's Ayr Gold Cup also features.

At the end of the month, Glasgow Rocks will start their British Basketball League campaign for 2019-20.

October

At rugby's World Cup, Scotland's men play Russia on 9 October and hosts Japan in their final pool match on 13 October, with the knockout stages taking place on 19-20 and 26-27 October.

Scotland men's football team play Russia on 10 October and San Marino three days later in Euro 2020 qualifiers.

November

In cycling, stage two of the Track World Cup takes place in Glasgow from 8-10 November.

Rugby's Champions Cup pool stages begin later than usual, on the weekends of 15-17 and 22-24 November once the World Cup has concluded with the final on 2 November.

In football, Scotland's men play their final Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus on 16 November and Kazakhstan on 19 November.

Tennis's ATP finals take place in London. Andy Murray will no doubt consider it a successful season if he even qualifies for the season finale as he makes his comeback from hip surgery.

December

In swimming, the European Short Course Championships take place in Glasgow from 4-8 December.

And the third and fourth round of pool matches in rugby's European Champions Cup will be played from 6-8 and 13-15 December.

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