Rio Olympics six months out: Key trials, qualifying dates


Many U.S. athletes and teams have already qualified for the Olympics, but many more will clinch berths in the next six months.

For some sports, the qualification process is simple — individuals earn places at Olympic trials events.

For others, the process is complicated and can involve multiple qualifiers on different continents, national or international rankings and subjective or discretionary selections.

With that in mind, here’s a simplified look at the teams already qualified and key dates for Olympic trials, qualification events and ranking cutoff dates that will help shape the 2016 U.S. Olympic team:

U.S. Teams Already Qualified
Archery — men
Basketball — men, women
Equestrian — dressage, eventing and jumping
Field Hockey — women
Gymnastics — men, women
Rugby — men, women
Volleyball — men, women
Water Polo — men

Feb. 10-21 — CONCACAF women’s soccer tournament, Texas
Two finalists clinch Olympic berths.

Feb. 13 — USA Track and Field marathon trials, Los Angeles
Top three men, top three women clinch Olympic berths.

March 2-6 — Synchronized swimming Olympic qualification event, Rio

March 10-11 — Taekwondo Pan American qualification event, Mexico
Finalists qualify for Rio in each weight class.

March 21-28 — Water Polo women’s qualification event, Netherlands
Top three teams clinch Olympic berths.

March 25, 29 — U.S.-Colombia men’s soccer playoff, Colombia and Frisco, Texas
Aggregate winner clinches Olympic berth.

April 8-9 — USA Canoe/Kayak slalom trials No. 1, Charlotte

April 8-10 — USA Wrestling trials, Iowa City
Winner of each weight class clinches an Olympic berth, if the U.S. has clinched an Olympic quota spot in the class.

April 8-10 — Table tennis North American qualification event, Toronto

April 17-22 — USA Archery trials No. 2, Chula Vista, Calif.

April 18-24 — US Rowing trials, Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla.

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May 5 — Badminton rankings cutoff date

May 5-8 — USA Weightlifting trials, Salt Lake City

May 7-8 — USA Canoe/Kayak slalom trials No. 2, Oklahoma City

May 15 — Triathlon rankings cutoff date

May 27-30 — USA Archery trials No. 3, Newberry, Fla.

May 30 — Judo rankings cutoff date

June 6 — Tennis rankings cutoff date

June 18-26 — USA Diving trials, Indianapolis
Top two divers per individual event and top team per synchro event clinch Olympic berths, if the U.S. has clinched an Olympic quota spot in the event.

June 24-26 — USA Gymnastics men’s trials, St. Louis
The top two all-around finishers clinch Olympic spots, if they also finished in the top three on three of the six individual apparatuses. The entire team will be five members.

June 26-July 3 — USA Swimming trials, Omaha
Top two finishers per individual race clinch Olympic spots, plus extras in 100m and 200m freestyles for relays.

July 1-10 — USA Track and Field trials, Eugene, Ore.
Top three finishers per event clinch Olympic spots, if they’ve met the qualifying standard time or mark.

July 8-10 — USA Gymnastics women’s trials, San Jose, Calif.
The trials all-around champion will clinch one of five Olympic team spots. The other four will be chosen shortly after the trials finish.

July 11 — Golf rankings cutoff date
Top four Americans in the men’s and women’s top 15 clinch Olympic berths.

Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz exit French Open, leaving no U.S. men

Frances Tiafoe French Open

Frances Tiafoe kept coming oh so close to extending his French Open match against Alexander Zverev: 12 times Saturday night, the American was two points from forcing things to a fifth set.

Yet the 12th-seeded Tiafoe never got closer than that.

Instead, the 22nd-seeded Zverev finished out his 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1, 7-6 (5) victory after more than 3 1/2 hours in Court Philippe Chatrier to reach the fourth round. With Tiafoe’s exit, none of the 16 men from the United States who were in the bracket at the start of the tournament are still in the field.

“I mean, for the majority of the match, I felt like I was in control,” said Tiafoe, a 25-year-old from Maryland who fell to 1-7 against Zverev.

“It’s just tough,” he said about a half-hour after his loss ended, rubbing his face with his hand. “I should be playing the fifth right now.”

Two other American men lost earlier Saturday: No. 9 seed Taylor Fritz and unseeded Marcos Giron.

No. 23 Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina beat Fritz 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5, and Nicolas Jarry of Chile eliminated Giron 6-2, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-3.

There are three U.S women remaining: No. 6 Coco Gauff, Sloane Stephens and Bernarda Pera.

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It is the second year in a row that zero men from the United States will participate in the fourth round at Roland Garros. If nothing else, it stands as a symbolic step back for the group after what seemed to be a couple of breakthrough showings at the past two majors.

For Tiafoe, getting to the fourth round is never the goal.

“I want to win the trophy,” he said.

Remember: No American man has won any Grand Slam title since Andy Roddick at the 2003 U.S. Open. The French Open has been the least successful major in that stretch with no U.S. men reaching the quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003.

But Tiafoe beat Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the U.S. Open along the way to getting to the semifinals there last September, the first time in 16 years the host nation had a representative in the men’s final four at Flushing Meadows.

Then, at the Australian Open this January, Tommy Paul, Sebastian Korda and Ben Shelton became the first trio of Americans in the men’s quarterfinals in Melbourne since 2000. Paul made it a step beyond that, to the semifinals.

After that came this benchmark: 10 Americans were ranked in the ATP’s Top 50, something that last happened in June 1995.

On Saturday, after putting aside a whiffed over-the-shoulder volley — he leaned atop the net for a moment in disbelief — Tiafoe served for the fourth set at 5-3, but couldn’t seal the deal.

In that game, and the next, and later on, too, including at 5-all in the tiebreaker, he would come within two points of owning that set.

Each time, Zverev claimed the very next point. When Tiafoe sent a forehand wide to end it, Zverev let out two big yells. Then the two, who have been pals for about 15 years, met for a warm embrace at the net, and Zverev placed his hand atop Tiafoe’s head.

“He’s one of my best friends on tour,” said Zverev, a German who twice has reached the semifinals on the red clay of Paris, “but on the court, I’m trying to win.”

At the 2022 French Open, Zverev tore ligaments in his right ankle while playing Nadal in the semifinals and had to stop.

“It’s been definitely the hardest year of my life, that’s for sure,” Zverev said. “I love tennis more than anything in the world.”

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2023 French Open women’s singles draw, scores

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At the French Open, Iga Swiatek of Poland eyes a third title at Roland Garros and a fourth Grand Slam singles crown overall.

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

Swiatek, the No. 1 seed from Poland, can join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win three or more French Opens since 2000.

Having turned 22 on Wednesday, she can become the youngest woman to win three French Opens since Monica Seles in 1992 and the youngest woman to win four Slams overall since Williams in 2002.

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But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.

She retired from her last pre-French Open match with a right thigh injury and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, is her top remaining challenger in Paris.

No. 3 Jessica Pegula, the highest-seeded American man or woman, was eliminated in the third round. No. 4 Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, who has three wins over Swiatek this year, withdrew before her third-round match due to illness.

No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, is the best hope to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seles won the 1996 Australian Open.

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2023 French Open Women’s Singles Draw

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