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Missy Franklin to co-author book

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Missy Franklin is co-writing with her parents a book, “Relentless Spirit,” on her rise in swimming that’s to be released Dec. 6, her publicist confirmed.

“We’re writing like a family memoir, so there’s obviously going to be swimming is a part of that,” Franklin said Wednesday ahead of a meet in Orlando that starts Thursday. “It’s a little bit of a mix of us as a family and really how we were able to stay true to ourselves and stay true to us as who we were as we went through this process. We just wanted to give people and families more insight to how we did that and how we interact as a family.”

Franklin, 20, won four gold medals at the 2012 Olympics and six gold medals at the 2013 World Championships.

She goes into the Rio Olympic year as an underdog after earning zero individual gold medals at the 2015 World Championships, following a busy 2014-15 that included a major back injury in August 2014, turning professional in March 2015 and moving back to Colorado from California to train last May.

Franklin joins the most decorated active U.S. male and female swimmers in coming out with a book.

Michael Phelps had two books, one after each of the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. His first book, “Beneath the Surface,” came out in 2005 when he was 19.

Natalie Coughlin, tied for the most Olympic medals won by a U.S. woman with 12, came out with her book, “Golden Girl,” in 2006 at age 23.

Franklin, Phelps and Coughlin are among the headliners of a USA Swimming Pro Series meet in Orlando starting Thursday.

NBC Sports Live Extra will stream the Friday and Saturday finals live at 6 p.m. ET. USASwimming.org will have a live webcast of the entire meet.

MORE: Franklin embraces ‘disappointments’ heading into 2016

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2020 French Open women’s singles draw, results

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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, results

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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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