The Lawn Tennis Association announced two new ATP Challenger indoor hard court events to take place in April and May this summer, "providing Andy Murray with a boost in his comeback bid," according to Harry Slavin of the London DAILY MAIL. Loughborough University and Scotstoun will hold tournaments in April and May, which Murray "can target ahead of his return from hip surgery he underwent in January." The tournament in Glasgow, held between April 28 and May 6, is "likely to come too soon for the Scot," but "all being well," a comeback in Loughborough between May 19-27 "could be the aim." Murray had been in "confidential talks" with the LTA about the organization "staging a bespoke new tournament early this summer, specifically designed to accommodate his planned comeback" (DAILY MAIL, 3/12).
Events and Attractions
England fans with tickets for the side's final Six Nations match were on Monday "warned off selling them on the secondary market amid a clamour from Ireland supporters." Ticket holders for Saturday's showdown were asking for up to £4,400 ($6,100) per seat on the secondary market on Monday. The Rugby Football Union's ticket terms and conditions stipulate any unwanted tickets must be sold via the RFU's official online ticket exchange. The RFU warned "anyone found in possession of a ticket obtained though unauthorised means will be denied entry to this weekend's match and risk being barred from attending future games at Twickenham" (London TELEGRAPH, 3/12).
The World Motor Sport Council "rubber-stamped plans" for the new FIA Formula 3 championship, which will run as part of the Formula 1 support race package from '19 "as a direct replacement for GP3." The "revamped F3 series" will be promoted by the F1 Group, alongside sister category F2 (formerly GP2) (MOTORSPORT, 3/9).
The Australian Football League Women's minor premiers "will again miss out on home-ground advantage for the grand final, with Ikon Park the most likely venue." The Western Bulldogs will host Melbourne on Saturday at Whitten Oval in a game that will decide which team finishes atop the league standings. Whitten Oval does not have the capacity of Ikon Park and Melbourne's Casey Fields ground is "too far outside the CBD." The grand final will be played on March 24 (THE AGE, 3/12).
Int'l cricket's "slow trickle back into Pakistan" will continue with the West Indies set to play a three-match Twenty20 series in Karachi in the first week of April, Pakistan Cricket Board Chair Najam Sethi announced. Int'l Cricket Council security consultant Reg Dickason will visit Karachi during the Pakistan Super League final to assess security arrangements for the Twenty20 series (REUTERS, 3/12).
World Taekwondo said that it is "looking to get the sport included at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham." Taekwondo will not be featured in April's Games, but the sport's governing body "created a working group to liaise with the event's officials." World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue said, "It would be an honor and a realization of a dream for taekwondo to be included." World Taekwondo said that the sport is played in 88% of Commonwealth nations (BBC, 3/12).