U.S. Olympic Committee president Larry Probst is one of nine candidates to be added as IOC members come September. The IOC announced the list on the eve of a session to examine 2020 Olympic bids and IOC presidential candidates.
The nominees will be up for election in September — when the 2020 host city and the next IOC president will be chosen — and their inductions are “usually a formality,” according to The Associated Press.
Probst would join three other Americans in the 100-plus group of members — Anita DeFrantz, Jim Easton and Angela Ruggiero — giving the U.S. greater influence within the IOC. Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov made the nine-person nominee list, too.
Probst succeeded Peter Ueberroth as USOC chairman in 2008.
Also notably included was Kenyan Paul Tergat, the 1996 and 2000 Olympic silver medalist in the 10,000 meters and former world-record holder in the marathon. The Sydney 10,000 final, where Tergat placed second to Ethiopian rival Haile Gebrselassie by nine-hundredths of a second, is seen as one of the greatest finishes in Olympic distance-running history.
The other seven nominees were Dagmawit Girmay Berhane (Ethiopia), Mikaela Maria Antonia Cojuangco-Jaworski (Philippines), Camiel Eurlings (Netherlands), Stefan Holm (Sweden, 2004 Olympic high jump champion), Octavian Morariu (Romania) and Bernard Rajzman (Brazil).
The IOC also approved a quartet elected to the IOC Athletes’ Commission — Zimbabwean swimmer Kirsty Coventry, Slovakian shooter Danka Bartekova, French canoeist Tony Estanguet and Australian rower James Tomkins.
But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.
She retired from her most recent match with a right thigh injury last week and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.
No. 3 Jessica Pegula and No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, are the best hopes to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seleswon the 1996 Australian Open.
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, who lost in the French Open first round in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, is improved on clay. He won the Italian Open, the last top-level clay event before the French Open, and is the No. 2 seed ahead of Djokovic.
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.