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Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall, Kara Goucher lead American fields at New York City Marathon

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Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi and Olympians Ryan Hall and Kara Goucher are among a deep American field at November’s New York City Marathon, the New York Road Runners announced Tuesday.

They’re joined by three more 2012 Olympians — Julie Culley (5,000 meters), Amy Hastings (10,000 meters) and Janet Bawcom (10,000 meters).

The 2012 New York City Marathon was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.

The Eritrea-born Keflezighi, 38, won silver in the 2004 Olympic marathon. He won the 2009 New York City Marathon in 2009, becoming the first American since Alberto Salazar in 1982 to do so.

Hall, 30, placed fourth in the 2009 New York City Marathon in his only previous appearance. He took 10th in the 2008 Olympic marathon and dropped out of the 2012 Olympic marathon.

“I have one goal in mind for this year’s ING New York City Marathon: redemption — restore what has been lost,” Hall said in a press release. “I have had my fair share of struggles since qualifying for the 2012 London Olympic marathon; however, those struggles are now behind me.”

Goucher, 35, placed 11th in the 2012 Olympic marathon after having her first child, boy Colt, on Sept. 25, 2010. Before her pregnancy, she placed third at the 2008 New York City Marathon, her last appearance in the event.

“I have been eager to return to NYC when the timing was right, and the time is now,” Goucher said.

Also announced to join the field Tuesday are top U.S. men’s contenders Jason HartmannRyan Vail and Jeffrey Eggleston and accomplished women Alisha WilliamsAdriana Nelson and Mattie Suver.

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2020 French Open women’s singles draw, bracket

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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.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket

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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.

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