There are days when it seems like the opportunity to host the Olympics is as competitive as the events themselves. If that’s true, the 2024 Olympics are the equivalent to the Super Bowl.
Paris, Nairobi, Qatar, Berlin, Baku, Rome, Toronto, Dubai, and eight U.S. cities are all vying to host.
Well, now you can throw Vienna on the list after the Austrian Olympic Committee (OeOC) announced its intentions to bid for the Games Wednesday.
“London 2012 was an impressive example of what effect the Summer Games can have,” OeOC secretary general Peter Mennel told Reuters. “The necessary infrastructure work has a long term effect on the development of grass roots and especially top-level sports because of the improved training options.”
Committee President Karl Stoss seemed surprised by the news, but said he’d be happy to back any bid that could be financially successful, so long as the country felt it had the necessary infrastructure in place.
Austria has hosted the Winter Games twice, in Innsbruck in 1964 and ’76, but has never hosted a Summer Games, likely because they’re not really summer folks: Austria failed to the medal in London this summer.
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.