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Rio Olympic green basketball court ready for test event

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The Rio Olympics’ main basketball court was unveiled Tuesday, three days before an Olympic women’s basketball test event begins at the venue.

Basketball is slated to be played at two venues in Rio. The court unveiled Tuesday is the primary court, the one that will be used for medal rounds.

The Rio Olympic men’s basketball tournament field is mostly filled, with nine of the 12 teams already qualified.

Next Tuesday, FIBA will announce hosts for the three, last-chance, six-team Olympic men’s basketball qualifying tournaments.

Germany, led by Dirk Nowitzki at 2015 EuroBasket, is among the nations in the running to host, even though it did not originally advance to the last-chance qualifying tournament field.

Latvia, the home of Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis, was eighth at EuroBasket, where the top seven nations advanced to the last-chance Olympic qualifying tournaments.

Still, Latvia stands to be added to one of the July last-chance qualifying tournaments if any of Serbia, Czech Republic or Italy are announced as a last-chance host, which would open up a berth. Six nations in total are in the running to host the three tournaments, so chances are high that Latvia will get in.

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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 tieĀ 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 championĀ Simona Halep, who could play 2019 semifinalistĀ Amanda AnisimovaĀ 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 NadalĀ was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic ThiemĀ of Austria, with top-rankedĀ Novak DjokovicĀ catching a break.

Nadal, trying to tieĀ 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 seedĀ Matteo BerrettiniĀ of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with RussianĀ Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seedĀ Stefanos TsitsipasĀ of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.

The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy MurrayĀ 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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