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July 2009 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats older sister Venus 7-6, 6-2 for her 3rd Wimbledon singles title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick of the US 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14 for a record 15th Grand Slam singles title

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 9 Joe Sakic retires after 21 NHL seasons with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise, finishing with 625 goals and 1,641 points

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • Jul 12 US Open Women's Golf, Saucon Valley CC: Eun-Hee Ji of South Korea wins her lone major title, 1 stroke ahead of American runner-up Candie Kung
  • Jul 14 80th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Busch Stadium, St Louis

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 19 British Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: American Stewart Cink wins his only major championship by 6 strokes in a 4-hole playoff with 5-time champion Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 19 17th ESPY Awards: Michael Phelps, Nastia Liukin wins

  • Jul 23 Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox becomes the 18th pitcher to throw a perfect game in MLB history, defeating Tampa Bay Rays 5-0
  • Jul 26 96th Tour de France won by Alberto Contador of Spain
  • Jul 26 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Sunningdale: American Loren Roberts wins his second Open Senior title in a playoff with Mark McNulty and Fred Funk

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 1 Alexis Argüello, Nicaraguan boxer (3-weight world champion), dies of self inflicted gun wound at 57
  • Jul 4 Steve McNair, American NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Titans), dies of gunshot woulds at 36
  • Jul 4 Khan Mohammad, Pakistani cricket fast bowler (13 Tests, 54 wickets; Pakistan's first ball and wicket in Test cricket), dies of prostate cancer at 81
  • Jul 5 Lou Creekmur, American football player (Detroit Lions) and hall of famer, dies at 82
  • Jul 11 Arturo Gatti, Italian-Canadian professional boxer (b. 1972)
  • Jul 19 Henry Surtees, British racing driver. (b. 1991)
  • Jul 25 Vernon Forrest, Professional boxer, 2-division world champion (b. 1971)
  • Jul 28 Jim Johnson, NFL Assistant Coach, Eagles Defensive Coordinator from 1999-2009 (b.1941)
  • Jul 31 Sir Bobby Robson, English soccer forward, coach (20 caps; England manager 1982-90), dies of lung cancer at 76