A beastly Sunday: Davis Cup, Italian (and Calabria) derby, Bagnaia encore and Abu Dhabi GP. Sit back and enjoy the show


By John

It rains and it’s cold? A little bad. Especially if the prospect is to take refuge at home and perch, under the covers, on a comfortable sofa in front of a TV. Why? Why, for sports lovers, a Sunday is on the horizon… beastly. It starts at 2pm: on Sky (or streaming on Now) it will be possible to enjoy the show Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi: that “devil” Verstappen has snatched yet another pole position but Leclerc is close behind, in second place. Once the four-wheel chapter has been archived, at 3pm (always on Sky) it will be possible to admire the spectacular last act of the MotoGP. Pecco Bagnaia runs for an encore, but will have to watch out for competition from Martin: it will be a thrilling finale. Not even time to open the champagne for the winner, which will already be time Davis Cup. Yes, because thanks to the branded turnaround Sinner (and Sonego)LCoach Volandri’s Italy reached the final 25 years later. Azzurri engaged against Australia with the doubtful Sonego-Arnaldi as second singles player, but above all with the certainty represented by Jannik, who put his signature on the four Azzurri victories in Malaga. Italy will face, in the singles, Alex De Minaur (always dangerous) and Alexei Popyrin. It will be possible to follow the Davis Cup final, starting from 4pm, on Rai 2, Sky, Raiplay, and Now.

That’s all? Not at all. Why in the evening the Serie A Italian derby between Juventus and Inter will take place, which is worth first place in the standings (to be admired exclusively on Dazn). Kick-off at 8.45pm. Another (territorial) derby, however, will be played in Serie B and has been awaited for decades in Calabria: Catanzaro-Cosenzaat 4.15pm (to be seen on Sky Sport and Dazn).

Is that enough for you or do you need other reasons to stay nice and warm?