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Kenyan police search agents’ hotel rooms at Olympic Trials

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Police investigating doping searched the hotel rooms of two Italian athlete managers during the Kenyan Olympic trials, and questioned the two men at police headquarters on Monday, one of the managers told The Associated Press.

The agents, Federico Rosa and his father, Gabriele, represent a number of top Kenyan athletes and previously represented marathon champion Rita Jeptoo, one of the highest-profile Kenyans to be banned for doping.

The police ”never found anything” when they searched their hotel rooms on Friday in Eldoret, where the trials were held, Federico Rosa said in a phone interview. He said he and his father were never under arrest, and they were unsure what the investigation was about.

Rosa said they had been asked to remain in Kenya and would be told on Tuesday if they were needed for more questioning.

Police did not immediately comment on the investigation, but the chief executive of Kenya’s anti-doping agency said it had handed over information to Kenya’s CID, a top police investigative unit, which then conducted the room searches on the final day of Kenya’s trials in the remote western town of Eldoret. The CID also questioned the two men on Monday at its headquarters in the capital, Nairobi.

”When we have any information, we share with the CID and the matter is now with them,” said Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya chief executive Japhter Rugut. He said he couldn’t comment in detail on the investigation.

Kenya’s national anti-doping body could not handle the investigation itself because it is currently suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The Rosas’ agency, Rosa & Associati, was one of two foreign management companies banned from working in Kenya for six months last year pending an investigation. Kenyan authorities had said they suspected foreign agents were responsible for providing banned substances to athletes, but the authorities didn’t present any findings from their investigation.

Federico Rosa has denied any knowledge of or involvement in doping in Jeptoo’s case, or any other. Jeptoo, the world’s top women’s marathon runner at the time, tested positive for the blood-booster EPO in a test in Kenya in 2014. She was banned for two years.

Dozens of other Kenyan athletes have also been banned for doping since the last Olympics in 2012, and Kenya’s entire drug-testing program was suspended by WADA for failing to meet global standards.

At one point, Kenyan athletes were in danger of missing next month’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of the doping problems.

Last week’s Olympic trials featured global stars like 800-meter Olympic champion and world-record holder David Rudisha, and Asbel Kiprop, the three-time world champion in the 1,500 meters. Kiprop is one of the athletes currently represented by the Rosas. He has not been implicated in any doping.

Authorities promised strict doping controls at the trials with the country’s reputation as a distance-running powerhouse under scrutiny following years of drug scandals.

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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 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, bracket

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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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