In response to the backlash against cyclist Lance Armstrong and the UCI, the Australian Olympic Committee is proposing unprecedented measures to ensure its athletes will never consider doping.
Simply put: the committee with ask team members to sign a declaration stating they have no “doping history.” If someone gets caught lying, they go to jail for up to seven years. If they don’t sign, well…
“If they don’t sign, they don’t go to the games, they won’t be selected,” AOC President John Coates explained to the AP. “What I don’t want is for the AOC to have egg on its face like cycling has.
”We’re trying to make athletes realize the real risks of doping are not just being caught at the time of testing, but being caught with other evidence. We want to make sure there’s no hidden treasures back there.”
Coates will propose the idea at a Nov. 16 AOC executive board meeting. If passed, the proposition would take effect for all athletes, coaches, officials, and other team members starting at the 2014 Sochi Games.
No. 1 Iga Swiatek of Poland is favored to claim a third French Open title, a year after beating American Coco Gauff in the final. She bids to join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win the French Open three or more times since 2000.
Two Americans are ranked in the top six in the world — No. 3 Jessica Pegula and Gauff.
The last American to win a major singles title was Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought matches the longest in history (since 1877) for American men and women combined.
But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.
Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.
Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They could meet in the semifinals.
Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).
No. 9 Taylor Fritz, No. 12 Frances Tiafoe and No. 16 Tommy Paul are the highest-seeded Americans, all looking to become the first U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003. Since then, five different American men combined to make the fourth round on eight occasions.