So far we’ve learned two things from London 2012 chairman and two-time 1500m gold medalist Sebastian Coe’s autobiography: the queen is excellent at keeping secrets and no one in the royal family is reading OlympicTalk… like at all.
In “Running My Life,” which we assume is brimming with modesty and understatement, Coe recounts sitting with the Royals during London’s Opening Ceremony and enjoying their surprise at seeing the queen and James Bond on screen together.
“With the corgis racing up what were obviously very familiar stairs, Prince Charles looked at me and began laughing rather nervously, wondering where on earth this was going,” Coe writes in the book, due out Nov. 8. “But the moment she turned around, and everyone realized, ‘My God! It really is the Queen!’ he began roaring with laughter.” Then Will and Henry apparently shouted “Go granny!” as her double leapt from the helicopter high above the stadium.
We admittedly didn’t know exactly how the queen would be involved in video (rumors included Bond being knighted), but we detailed her involvement a couple times before the Games, so we can only assume Prince Charles doesn’t have his priorities straight when it comes to online Olympic reading.
The three-hour shoot took place back in March in Queen Elizabeth II’s private study and involved more than 130 crew members, as well as Daniel Craig, who was near completion on the new Bond film, “Skyfall.”
If you missed the queen’s appearance you can see it here in all its glory:
If Serena Williams is to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, she may have to go through her older sister in the fourth round.
Williams, the sixth seed, could play Venus Williams in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, which begins Sunday.
Serena opens against countrywoman Kristie Ahn, whom she beat in the first round at the U.S. Open. Serena could then get her U.S. Open quarterfinal opponent, fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round.
If Venus is to reach the fourth round, she must potentially get past U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Azarenka beat Serena in the U.S. Open semifinals, ending the American’s latest bid to tie Margaret Court‘s major titles record.
Venus lost in the French Open first round the last two years.
The French Open top seed is 2018 champion Simona Halep, who could play 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in the third round.
Coco Gauff, the rising 16-year-old American, gets 2019 semifinalist Jo Konta of Great Britain in the first round in the same quarter of the draw as Halep.
The field lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.
Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.
Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.
Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.
Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.
The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.