The respective tennis and Formula 1 campaigns may have drawn to a close but do not fear, we still have a host of tantalising football fixtures to look forward to this weekend, as well as golf, cricket and rugby action.
Today, the world of cricket received the news they feared most. Philip Hughes, aged 25, had lost his battle for life just two days after being placed in intensive care playing in the sport he loved most.
Cross-code convert Sam Burgess could make his rugby union debut for Bath against Harlequins in the Premiership on Friday.
Manchester City’s hopes of qualification through to the Champions League knockout stages remained intact after Sergio Aguero netted all three goals in a thrilling 3-2 victory against Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.
Back in 2004, European golfers were circling lost waters: victory at the PGA Championship put Fijian Vijay Singh to within touching distance of dethroning American global superstar Tiger Woods as world number one, with Europe left finishing the year with only four advocates inside the world top 20. Ten years on and the European Tour is the strongest it has been for two decades.
New Zealand flanker Rickie McCaw will become the first rugby union player to captain his country in 100 Tests, when the All Blacks face Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
Irish bookmakers Paddy Power have paid out a total of £400,000 to punters who backed Chelsea to win the Premier League, despite more than half of the season remaining.
This latest fortnightly international break has seen Old Trafford be home to Lionel Messi’s Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal; Craven Cottage welcome Jurgen Klinsmann’s USA and James Rodriguez’s Colombia; and Upton Park host Argentina against Croatia. Yet fans around the country have now been deprived of watching their own national team for more than seven years.