On This Day

July 2003 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Jul 4 LA Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant is arrested in Eagle, Colorado for sexual assault, charges eventually dismissed

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams successfully defends her title beating older sister Venus 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

  • Jul 5 French driver Sébastien Bourdais wins first-ever night road-course event in Champ Car history on Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport layout

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Australian Mark Philippoussis 7-6, 6-2, 7-6 for his first Grand Slam title

Sports History

Jul 6 Martina Navratilova claims her 20th all-time Wimbledon title as she and Leander Paes beat Andy Ram & Anastassia Rodionova 6-3, 6-3 in the mixed doubles final

  • Jul 7 Tour de France: After 2nd stage, Australians are in possession of both yellow & green jerseys for the first time, Brad McGee overall leader & Robbie McEwen sprint leader

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 7 US Open Women's Golf, Pumpkin Ridge GC: Hilary Lunke wins in a playoff with Kelly Robbins & Angela Stanford for her only career LPGA tournament victory

Sports History

Jul 13 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Craig Stadler wins his first of 2 Champions Tour major titles by 3 strokes from Tom Kite, Jim Thorpe and Tom Watson

  • Jul 15 74th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-6 at U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

Sports History

Jul 20 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: American Ben Curtis becomes first debut winner since Tom Watson in 1975; in his first major appearance at #396 in world rankings beats runners-up Thomas Bjørn and Vijay Singh by 1 stroke

  • Jul 27 90th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)
  • Jul 27 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: American Tom Watson wins in a playoff with Carl Mason of England

Weddings in Sport

Elizabeth Banks

Jul 5 Actress Elizabeth Banks (29) weds sportswriter and producer Max Handelman (30) at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 1 Wesley Mouzon, American boxer / trainer (Roy Jones Jr), dies of kidney cancer at 75
  • Jul 5 Roman Lyashenko, Russian ice hockey player, dies at 24
  • Jul 15 Tex Schramm, American football team president and general manager (b. 1920)
  • Jul 21 John Davies, New Zealand Olympic Committee president (b. 1938)
  • Jul 31 John Aston Sr., English soccer striker (17 caps; Manchester United 253 games), dies at 81