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June 2011 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

Jun 4 French Open Women's Tennis: Li Na becomes first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam singles title; beats Italian defending champion Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-6

Tennis Player Li Na
Tennis Player
Li Na

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

Jun 5 French Open Men's Tennis: Defending champion Rafael Nadal wins his 6th French title; beats Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Jun 6 MLB Draft: UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole first pick by Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Jun 11 143rd Belmont: Jose Valdivia Jr aboard Ruler On Ice wins in 2:30.88
  • Jun 12 NBA Finals: Dallas Mavericks beat Miami Heat, 105-95 in Game 6 for first title in franchise history; MVP: Dirk Nowitzki
  • Jun 15 Stanley Cup Final, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC: Boston Bruins defeat Vancouver Canucks, 4-0 for 4-3 series win; Bruins end 39-year Stanley Cup drought
  • Jun 19 US Open Men's Golf, Congressional CC: Irishman Rory McIlroy wins by 8 strokes ahead of Australian Jason Day; sets 11 tournament records, including lowest total 72-hole score (268) and lowest total under par (−16)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 23 NBA Draft: Duke point guard Kyrie Irving first pick Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA Player Kyrie Irving
NBA Player
Kyrie Irving
  • Jun 24 NHL Draft: Red Deer Rebels (WHL) center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins first pick by Edmonton Oilers
  • Jun 26 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Locust Hill CC: Yani Tseng of Taiwan scores her 4th major title win by 10 strokes over Morgan Pressel

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 7 Paul Dickson, American football player and coach (b. 1937)
  • Jun 9 Mike Mitchell, American basketball small forward (NBA All Star 1981; Italian League top scorer 1998), dies from cancer at 55

Person of interestKurt Nielsen

Jun 11 Kurt Nielsen, Danish tennis player, (Wimbledon 1953, 55 runner-up), dies at 80

Tennis Player Kurt Nielsen
Tennis Player
Kurt Nielsen
  • Jun 23 Dennis Marshall, Costa Rican footballer (b. 1985)
  • Jun 24 Tomislav Ivić, Croatian football manager (b. 1933)
  • Jun 27 Mike Doyle, English former footballer (b. 1946)
  • Jun 27 Betty Callaway, figure skating trainer (coached Torvill and Dean), dies at 83
  • Jun 30 Barry Bremen, American sports imposter and business man (b. 1947)