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Wimbledon, cricket and strawberries: the joys of summer’s ‘odd years’

The ‘even years’ of a decade – 2010, 2012, and so on – are packed with Olympic drama and World Cup heartbreak. But 2017 has a different rhythm

They are sometimes called “the odd years”. The “even years” – those that end in 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 – snaffle the most prestigious, watercooler, down-the-pub sporting events: football World Cups, the Euros, Olympics. The odd years, meanwhile, are stuck with just the solid perennials: Wimbledon, the Tour de France, Test matches.

But there are pleasures to be had in the odd years, in the same way that strawberries taste better when bought from a roadside stall in June than when they’re shipped halfway round the world in February. Summer in Britain should, in the natural order of things, be dominated by tennis, cycling and cricket. Men’s football can handle being knocked off the back pages every once in a while.

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