Oscar Pistorius

Ato Boldon offers perspective on Oscar Pistorius (video)

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The eyes of South Africa are on Oscar Pistorius, who is on trial after he shot and killed his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day last year.

It’s not an unusual position for the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012, said NBC Olympics track and field analyst Ato Boldon on “SportsDash” on Tuesday.

Boldon equated Pistorius’ athletic popularity in South Africa to that of Peyton ManningKobe Bryant or LeBron James in the U.S.

“He’s very easily the most revered sporting personality in South Africa,” Boldon said. “The fact that this trial is being televised is not a surprise because literally the entire country is riveted.”

While Boldon said he never could have imagined Pistorius to be in this situation, he was reminded of an incident at the 2012 Paralympics.

Pistorius lost a 200m race to Brazilian Alan Oliveira and questioned Oliveira’s blades, calling the come-from-behind victory “ridiculous.” Pistorius had raised suspicion over his competitor’s blades before the Paralympics, too.

“He’s never run a 21-second race and I don’t think he’s a 21-second athlete,” Pistorius said after being beaten in 2012, according to The Associated Press. “I’ve never lost a 200-meter race in my career.”

Oliveira called Pistorius’ reaction “hot-headed,” though the South African later apologized for his remarks about Oliveira and congratulated him.

“[Pistorius] sort of flew off the handle and went into a little bit of a rage,” Boldon said on “SportsDash.” “I sort of raised an eyebrow like, ‘Whoa, this is a side of Oscar that I have never seen.’

“He seems to have quite a temper.”

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2020 French Open women’s singles draw, results

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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, results

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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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