U.S. Olympic team of 550-plus athletes most of any nation in Rio

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The U.S. will send the largest delegation of athletes of any nation to the Summer Olympics — currently 555 qualified for Rio — for the first time since the 2004 Athens Games.

The USOC is planning to officially announce the full team Saturday live on Periscope via @TeamUSA from Los Angeles at 3:45 p.m. ET.

Here’s the full list of U.S. Olympic team qualifiers.

Team USA has significantly more athletes than its biggest medal rival, China (416), and host nation Brazil (462).

In 2012, host Great Britain had 541 athletes in London, while the U.S. sent 530. In 2008, host China had 639 athletes in Beijing, while the U.S. sent 596.

The 2016 U.S. Olympic team will include its most female athletes of all time and more women (292) than men (263) for the second time.

It includes at least 191 returning Olympians, with seven going to their fifth Games and three going to their sixth Games — shooters Emil Milev and Kim Rhode and equestrian Phillip Dutton. Milev and Dutton previously competed for Bulgaria and Australia, respectively.

Rhode moves one shy of the U.S. record of seven Olympic appearances (John Michael Plumb, equestrian, 1960-1992) and will become the first American to compete in the Olympics on five different continents. She could join Italian luger Armin Zoeggeler as the only Olympians to earn medals at six straight Games.

Two 2016 U.S. Olympians competed in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics — Milev and fellow shooter Enkelejda Shehaj, a former Albanian who is going 20 years between Olympic appearances. More on Shehaj’s story here.

The oldest athlete is Dutton, who is 52. The youngest is table tennis player Kanak Jha, who is 16. It’s the first time since 1948 that a U.S. Summer Olympic team has nobody younger than 16, according to sports-reference.com.

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Coco Gauff rallies past 16-year-old at French Open

Coco Gauff French Open

Coco Gauff rallied to defeat 16-year-old Russian Mirra Andreeva in the French Open third round in Gauff’s first Grand Slam singles match against a younger opponent.

The sixth seed Gauff, the 2022 French Open runner-up, outlasted Andreeva 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-1 to reach the fourth round, where she will play Slovakian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova or American Kayla Day.

“She’s super young, so she has a lot to look forward to,” Gauff, 19, said on Tennis Channel. “I’m sure we’re going to have many more battles in the future. … I remember when I was 16. I didn’t care who I was playing against, and she has that kind of game and mentality, too.”

Gauff could play top seed and defending champ Iga Swiatek in the quarterfinals. Swiatek on Saturday thumped 80th-ranked Wang Xinyu of China 6-0, 6-0, winning 50 of the 67 points in a 51-minute match.

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This week, Andreeva became the youngest player to win a French Open main draw match since 2005 (when 15-year-old Sesil Karatantcheva of Bulgaria made the quarterfinals). She was bidding to become the youngest to make the last 16 of any major since Gauff’s breakout as a 15-year-old.

The American made it that far at 2019 Wimbledon (beating Venus Williams in her Grand Slam main draw debut) and the 2020 Australian Open (beating defending champion Naomi Osaka) before turning 16. At last year’s French Open, Gauff became the youngest player to make a Grand Slam final since Maria Sharapova won 2004 Wimbledon at 17.

This was only Gauff’s third match against a younger player dating to her tour debut in 2019. It took Gauff 50 Grand Slam matches to finally face a younger player on this stage, a testament to how ahead of the curve she was (and still is).

While Gauff is the only teenager ranked in the top 49 in the world, Andreeva is the highest-ranked player under the age of 18 at No. 143 (and around No. 100 after the French). And she doesn’t turn 17 until next April. Andreeva dropped just six games in her first two matches at this French Open, fewest of any woman.

Gauff is the last seeded American woman left in the draw after No. 3 Jessica Pegula, No. 20 Madison Keys and No. 32 Shelby Rogers previously lost.

The last U.S. woman to win a major title was Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major span without an American champ is the longest for U.S. women since Monica Seles won the 1996 Australian Open.

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Rafael Nadal expected to miss rest of 2023 season after surgery

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Rafael Nadal is expected to need five months to recover from arthroscopic surgery for a left hip flexor injury that kept him out of the French Open, effectively ruling him out for the rest of 2023 ATP tournament season.

Nadal underwent the surgery Friday night in Barcelona on the eve of his 37th birthday. He posted that, if all goes well, the recovery time is five months.

The timetable leaves open the possibility that Nadal could return for the Nov. 21-26 Davis Cup Finals team event in Malaga, Spain, which take place after the ATP Tour tournament season ends.

Nadal announced on May 18 that he had to withdraw from the French Open, a tournament he won a record 14 times, due to the injury that’s sidelined him since January’s Australian Open.

Nadal also said he will likely retire from professional tennis in the second half of 2024 after a farewell season that he hopes includes playing at Roland Garros twice — for the French Open and then the Paris Olympics.

When Nadal returns to competition, he will be older than any previous Grand Slam singles champion in the Open Era.

Nadal is tied with Novak Djokovic for the men’s record 23 Grand Slam singles titles.

While Nadal needs to be one of the four-highest ranked Spanish men after next year’s French Open for direct Olympic qualification in singles, he can, essentially, temporarily freeze his ranking in the top 20 under injury protection rules.

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