Boston 2024 Olympic bid presentation, renderings (photos)

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source:  The Boston 2024 Olympic plan includes two venue clusters — a waterfront cluster and a university cluster — billed as the “most walkable Games in modern times,” bid organizers said Wednesday.

Bid officials detailed plans from the Boston 2024 presentation made to the U.S. Olympic Committee in December. Here are the documents.

“Last but not least, of course we have our historic Fenway Park, which will be the venue for baseball,” said Cheri Blauwet, a seven-time Paralympic champion wheelchair racer and co-chair of the Olympic and Paralympic movement committee.

Baseball is, of course, not in the Olympic program but could be added for the 2024 Olympics under Agenda 2020 reforms passed in December.

The mention of Fenway Park reinforces that the current plan is just that, a “plan” and not the definite application that will be submitted to the International Olympic Committee by a Sept. 15 deadline.

Boston 2024 officials said they compared their plan — to have 28 of 33 venues within a 6.25-mile radius and an average distance of 3.3 miles between venues — to every Summer Games from 1980 to 2020. The closest Games to have that kind of compact nature were Tokyo 2020 (26 venues in a 6.25-mile radius) and Seoul 1988 (an average of a 10.3 miles between venues).

The proposed dates are July 19-Aug. 4, the exact same dates as the last Summer Olympics in the U.S. — Atlanta 1996.

They stressed two factors overall — walkability and ease of transport.

The waterfront cluster would include the temporary Olympic Stadium in Widett Circle — “the heart of the city” — the athletes’ village, the use of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for wrestling and indoor volleyball among six sports and sailing in Boston Harbor.

The Olympic Stadium would host track and field and Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

The university cluster would be at the intersection of Harvard, Boston University and MIT including aquatics events in temporary facilities and triathlon and open-water swimming at Magazine Beach. Harvard Stadium would be used for field hockey with tennis and fencing also at Harvard. Boston University would host badminton and handball. MIT would host archery on its front lawn.

TD Garden would host a basketball final (it didn’t specify men’s or women’s) and artistic gymnastics. Gillette Stadium would host rugby and soccer.

Golf would be at The Country Club at Brookline, the site of the famous 1999 Ryder Cup and 1913 U.S. Open won by Francis Ouimet.

Boston Common would hold beach volleyball with a nearby start line for the Olympic marathon and cycling at Charles Street.

Franklin Park would also possibly host equestrian and modern pentathlon.

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Coco Gauff rallies past 16-year-old at French Open

Coco Gauff French Open

Coco Gauff rallied to defeat 16-year-old Russian Mirra Andreeva in the French Open third round in Gauff’s first Grand Slam singles match against a younger opponent.

The sixth seed Gauff, the 2022 French Open runner-up, outlasted Andreeva 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-1 to reach the fourth round, where she will play Slovakian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova or American Kayla Day.

“She’s super young, so she has a lot to look forward to,” Gauff, 19, said on Tennis Channel. “I’m sure we’re going to have many more battles in the future. … I remember when I was 16. I didn’t care who I was playing against, and she has that kind of game and mentality, too.”

Gauff could play top seed and defending champ Iga Swiatek in the quarterfinals. Swiatek on Saturday thumped 80th-ranked Wang Xinyu of China 6-0, 6-0, winning 50 of the 67 points in a 51-minute match.

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This week, Andreeva became the youngest player to win a French Open main draw match since 2005 (when 15-year-old Sesil Karatantcheva of Bulgaria made the quarterfinals). She was bidding to become the youngest to make the last 16 of any major since Gauff’s breakout as a 15-year-old.

The American made it that far at 2019 Wimbledon (beating Venus Williams in her Grand Slam main draw debut) and the 2020 Australian Open (beating defending champion Naomi Osaka) before turning 16. At last year’s French Open, Gauff became the youngest player to make a Grand Slam final since Maria Sharapova won 2004 Wimbledon at 17.

This was only Gauff’s third match against a younger player dating to her tour debut in 2019. It took Gauff 50 Grand Slam matches to finally face a younger player on this stage, a testament to how ahead of the curve she was (and still is).

While Gauff is the only teenager ranked in the top 49 in the world, Andreeva is the highest-ranked player under the age of 18 at No. 143 (and around No. 100 after the French). And she doesn’t turn 17 until next April. Andreeva dropped just six games in her first two matches at this French Open, fewest of any woman.

Gauff is the last seeded American woman left in the draw after No. 3 Jessica Pegula, No. 20 Madison Keys and No. 32 Shelby Rogers previously lost.

The last U.S. woman to win a major title was Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major span without an American champ is the longest for U.S. women since Monica Seles won the 1996 Australian Open.

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Rafael Nadal expected to miss rest of 2023 season after surgery

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is expected to need five months to recover from arthroscopic surgery for a left hip flexor injury that kept him out of the French Open, effectively ruling him out for the rest of 2023 ATP tournament season.

Nadal underwent the surgery Friday night in Barcelona on the eve of his 37th birthday. He posted that, if all goes well, the recovery time is five months.

The timetable leaves open the possibility that Nadal could return for the Nov. 21-26 Davis Cup Finals team event in Malaga, Spain, which take place after the ATP Tour tournament season ends.

Nadal announced on May 18 that he had to withdraw from the French Open, a tournament he won a record 14 times, due to the injury that’s sidelined him since January’s Australian Open.

Nadal also said he will likely retire from professional tennis in the second half of 2024 after a farewell season that he hopes includes playing at Roland Garros twice — for the French Open and then the Paris Olympics.

When Nadal returns to competition, he will be older than any previous Grand Slam singles champion in the Open Era.

Nadal is tied with Novak Djokovic for the men’s record 23 Grand Slam singles titles.

While Nadal needs to be one of the four-highest ranked Spanish men after next year’s French Open for direct Olympic qualification in singles, he can, essentially, temporarily freeze his ranking in the top 20 under injury protection rules.

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