Misty May-Treanor isn’t finished with beach volleyball quite yet.
The three-time Olympic champion who came out of a three-year retirement last year to play domestic AVP tournaments will continue to do so at the season opener in New Orleans this week.
May-Treanor, 38, will play with Jenny Kropp in a tournament that starts with qualifying Thursday and the first round Friday. NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra will have coverage Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET (full season broadcast schedule here).
May-Treanor does not harbor Olympic hopes. She would have had to start playing internationally last year to have any shot at Rio.
In 2015, she lost in the semifinals in two AVP tournaments with Brittany Hochevar and said after the AVP Championships that she would consider continuing to play in 2016 if she “got in shape.”
May-Treanor would not be the first U.S. Olympic beach volleyball star to play domestically long after the end of an Olympic career.
Karch Kiraly, who won Olympic indoor gold in 1984 and 1988 and beach gold in his last Games appearance in 1996, played on the AVP tour into 2007.
Holly McPeak, arguably the greatest women’s player of all time outside May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings, played on the AVP tour into 2009. McPeak won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics but did not make an effort to play enough internationally to qualify for Beijing 2008.
Todd Rogers, who is 42 and won 2008 Olympic gold, continued to compete through last season domestically and, sporadically, internationally but has said the Rio Olympics weren’t his target.
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, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.
No. 3 Jessica Pegula, the highest-seeded American man or woman, was eliminated in the third round.
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 Seleswon the 1996 Australian Open.
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 and No. 12 Frances Tiafoe are the highest-seeded Americans, 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.