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Missy Franklin chooses Speedo

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Missy Franklin agreed to an endorsement deal with Speedo, the suit she wore when winning four gold medals at the 2012 Olympics.

“Timing-wise, this is kind of perfect. The first thing that we really wanted to do was get a suit company so I would be ready for [World Championships in Kazan, Russia, in August],” Franklin said, according to USA Today. “We thought that would be an awesome way, a summer before [Olympic] trials next year, to really start laying that foundation and start working as hard as I can for them.”

Franklin, 20, turned professional following her sophomore NCAA season at California in March. She will compete for the first time since the NCAA Championships at a Pro Swim Series meet in Santa Clara, Calif., this week.

Franklin is scheduled for four individual events at the World Championships, her same quartet from the London Games — 100m and 200m freestyles and 100m and 200m backstrokes. She could also swim in three women’s relays, plus possibly one mixed-gender relay, according to USA Today.

Mixed-gender relays are debuting at the World Championships this year.

Franklin’s deal with Speedo follows that of Michael Phelps, who signed with the company in 2001 and had a deal with Speedo through 2013, and Ryan Lochte, who is still a Speedo swimmer.

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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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