Usain Bolt to race individually in U.S. for first time since 2008

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Usain Bolt will compete in New York on June 13 at the same site as his last individual race in the U.S., when he broke the 100m world record for the first time in 2008.

Bolt, 28 and a six-time Olympic champion, has committed to the Adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium in New York in three months.

Bolt broke countryman Asafa Powell‘s 100m world record on May 31, 2008, clocking 9.72 seconds in an electric atmosphere.

“No one could ever forget their first world record, and I will never forget the crowd in New York that night,” Bolt said in a statement. “They had to wait for an hour during a thunderstorm delay before our race, and I don’t think a single person left the stadium. They deserved a great performance, and I’m glad I was able to give it to them. I’m looking forward to running in New York again.”

Bolt, who since lowered his world record to 9.69 and 9.58, last ran in the U.S. in 2010 as part of a relay at the Penn Relays.

He’s next scheduled to race a 100m against three other sprinters in Rio de Janeiro on April 19.

Bolt’s dominance is questioned going into this season after he ran a total of 400 meters in competition last season, hampered by a foot injury and his times dwarfed by American Justin Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion who is five years removed from a four-year doping ban.

Bolt and Gatlin have not gone head to head since the 2013 World Championships, won by Bolt.

Gatlin has not raced at the Adidas Grand Prix since 2006, when it was known as the Reebok Grand Prix. Of the two U.S. meets on the Diamond League circuit, he’s exclusively competed at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., since his return from suspension.

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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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