One of the legends of beach volleyball has walked away from the sport, bowing out after competing one last time at the “mecca of beach volleyball.” Todd Rogers retired over the weekend after placing seventh at the AVP Tour’s Manhattan Beach Open.
Rogers, 42, won the 2008 Olympic gold medal with Phil Dalhausser, becoming the third U.S. men’s pair to capture the title. The duo went on to also compete at the 2012 London Games, where they were the second-ranked team in the field. But an injury to Dalhausser prior to the Olympics hindered their play. They finished ninth and separated soon thereafter.
But for a span of nearly five years, Rogers and Dalhausser were one of the best teams in the world – and clearly the best in 2010. They became the first American men to win an FIVB beach volleyball world title in 2007, won the Olympic gold in 2008, captured world championship bronze in 2009, and then dominated the world tour in 2010.
Rogers and Dalhausser won nine of the 12 FIVB tournaments they appeared in that year, and played for medals in the other three events as well. At home on the AVP Tour in 2010, Rogers and Dalhausser competed in the final at each of the six tournaments they played, winning five.
Rogers finishes his career with 24 FIVB World Tour gold medals and 54 AVP Tour titles.
The AVP played a video tribute to Rogers, who is now the head beach volleyball coach at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, during the Manhattan Beach Open:
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 top 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).
All of the American men lost before the fourth round. The last U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals was Andre Agassi in 2003.