Missy Franklin returns to winning ways in Minneapolis

Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin notched her first individual race victory in seven meets, coming from behind to take the 100m backstroke at a Pro Swim Series competition in Minneapolis on Friday night.

“Getting a win under my belt for the first time in quite a while feels really, really good,” Franklin told media in Minneapolis.

Katie Ledecky won a race for the second straight night, while a frustrated Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte were beaten in their events, just like Thursday in the Olympic season-opening domestic meet.

“Maybe Katie can teach me how to swim fast in season,” Phelps joked to media in Minneapolis.

Full results are here. The meet concludes Saturday with finals at 7 p.m. ET, streamed on USASwimming.org.

Franklin overcame a characteristic slow start in the 100m back, was in fourth place at the 50-meter turn and stormed to edge Kylie Masse, 1.00.18 to 1:00.31. In November 2011, Franklin won this event in Minneapolis in 59.69 seconds.

Franklin, a four-time 2012 Olympic champion, came into this week without a victory in her previous six meets — in Santa Clara, Calif., in June, the World Championships and, most recently, four international World Cup stops. Her 100m back time Friday was faster than her previous eight times racing the distance at World Cups since Worlds.

Franklin bagged a record six gold medals at the 2013 World Championships and then suffered back spasms two days before the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.

She persisted to win three individual NCAA Championships in March but dealt this spring and summer with transitions from collegian to professional, from California back to Colorado and from her college coach back to longtime coach Todd Schmitz, as well as continuing preventative maintenance of her back.

If Franklin makes the Olympic team at the trials in June and July, she will go into Rio looking to reclaim backstroke dominance from Australian Emily Seebohm and to battle top freestyle swimmers from Australia, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Hungary and countrywoman Ledecky.

Also Friday, Phelps led after 150 meters of the 200m butterfly but was passed on the final length of the pool by longtime training partner Chase Kalisz. Kalisz won in 1:58.07, with Phelps taking second in 1:58.38. In 2011, Phelps won the 200m butterfly in 1:56.12 in Minneapolis.

“I’d love to go out and swim a lot faster than what I’m doing now, but just putting into really perspective, I think, it’s fine, really, where I am,” Phelps said. “If I can start here and build my way through each Grand Prix and get faster at each Grand Prix, that’s what we want.”

In August, Phelps clocked the world’s fastest time since 2009 — 1:52.94.

“I thought being in [better] shape racing [than last year] would be easier, but it seems like it’s harder,” said Phelps, who took second in a consolation final of a 100m backstroke 20 minutes later. “I don’t know why that is.”

Swimmers train to peak for summer meets and certainly not November meets, and Phelps is swimming this week after three weeks of training at altitude in Colorado Springs. Phelps previously finished third in the 100m butterfly Thursday, leaving pieces of banana bread in the University of Minnesota pool.

“Putting my body through this pain now is going to make the end of the [season] so much better,” Phelps said. “As hard as it is now and as frustrating as it is now, it’s going to make it that much better at the end. That’s just something I have to remember.”

Lochte finished fourth Friday in the 100m backstroke, an event he doesn’t usually swim in major international competition. On Thursday, he finished second in the 200m freestyle.

Then there’s Ledecky, who notched a victory and a personal best in separate events for the second straight day.

Ledecky won the 400m freestyle by two seconds in 4:02.67. It was well off her 3:58.37 world record, of course, but also faster than any other woman has clocked this year.

“I just didn’t feel like I had much pop tonight,” Ledecky told media in Minneapolis. “I can’t complain.”

Ledecky also finished eighth in the 50m free after a faster preliminary swim in the event of 25.45 seconds, which was .92 under her previous personal best.

On Thursday, Ledecky won the 200m free and clocked a personal best in the 400m individual medley. She is not expected to have designs on competing in the 50m free or the 400m IM at the Rio Olympics but could swim the 400m IM at the Olympic trials.

In other Friday events, Nathan Adrian won the 50m free in a time .04 slower than his World Championships silver medal time from August. Cammile Adams, also a World silver medalist, took the women’s 200m butterfly.

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2023 French Open TV, live stream schedule


The French Open airs live on NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel through championship points at Roland Garros in Paris.

Tennis Channel has live daily coverage with NBC and Peacock coming back for the middle weekend, plus the men’s and women’s singles semifinals and finals.

All NBC TV coverage also streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

It’s the first French Open since 2004 without Rafael Nadal, the record 14-time champion who is out with a hip injury and hopes to return next year for a likely final time.

In his place, the favorites are top-ranked Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic, who is tied with Nadal for the men’s record 22 Grand Slam singles titles.


No. 1 Iga Swiatek of Poland is favored to claim a third French Open title, a year after beating American Coco Gauff in the final. She bids to join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win the French Open three or more times since 2000.

Two Americans are ranked in the top six in the world — No. 3 Jessica Pegula and Gauff.

The last American to win a major singles title was Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought matches the longest in history (since 1877) for American men and women combined.

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2023 French Open Broadcast Schedule

Date Time (ET) Platform Round
Sunday, May 28 5 a.m.-4 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
12-3 p.m. Peacock (STREAM LINK)
Monday, May 29 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
11 a.m.-3 p.m. NBC (STREAM) | Peacock (STREAM)
3-5:30 p.m. Peacock (STREAM LINK)
Tuesday, May 30 5 a.m.-5 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
Wednesday, May 31 5 a.m.-5 p.m. Tennis Channel Second Round
Thursday, June 1 5 a.m.-5 p.m. Tennis Channel Second Round
Friday, June 2 5 a.m.-5 p.m. Tennis Channel Third Round
Saturday, June 3 5 a.m.-1 p.m. Tennis Channel Third Round
12-3 p.m. NBC (STREAM) | Peacock (STREAM)
3-5:30 p.m. Peacock (STREAM LINK)
Sunday, June 4 5 a.m.-1 p.m. Tennis Channel Fourth Round
12-3 p.m. NBC (STREAM) | Peacock (STREAM)
3-5:30 p.m. Peacock (STREAM LINK)
Monday, June 5 5 a.m.-5 p.m. Tennis Channel Fourth Round
Tuesday, June 6 5 a.m.-12 p.m. Tennis Channel Quarterfinals
2-5 p.m. Tennis Channel
Wednesday, June 7 5 a.m.-12 p.m. Tennis Channel Quarterfinals
2-5 p.m. Tennis Channel
Thursday, June 8 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Tennis Channel Women’s Semifinals
11 a.m.-2 p.m. NBC (STREAM) | Peacock (STREAM)
Friday, June 9 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tennis Channel Men’s Semifinals
11 a.m.-3 p.m. NBC (STREAM) | Peacock (STREAM)
Saturday, June 10 9 a.m.-2 p.m. NBC (STREAM) | Peacock (STREAM) Women’s Final
Sunday, June 11 9 a.m.-2 p.m. NBC (STREAM) | Peacock (STREAM) Men’s Final

2023 French Open men’s singles draw, scores

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The French Open men’s singles draw is missing injured 14-time champion Rafael Nadal for the first time since 2004, leaving the Coupe des Mousquetaires ripe for the taking.

The tournament airs live on NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel through championship points in Paris.

Novak Djokovic is not only bidding for a third crown at Roland Garros, but also to lift a 23rd Grand Slam singles trophy to break his tie with Nadal for the most in men’s history.

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But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.

Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.

Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They could meet in the semifinals.

Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).

No. 9 Taylor Fritz, No. 12 Frances Tiafoe and No. 16 Tommy Paul are the highest-seeded Americans, all looking to become the first U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003. Since then, five different American men combined to make the fourth round on eight occasions.

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2023 French Open Men’s Singles Draw

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