Having won gold in the 100 and 200 meter sprints in each of the last two Olympic Games, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt arrived in Rio with designs on a third consecutive gold medal in both of those events as well as helping his nation win a third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the 4×100 meter relay. Bolt won’t have to make his first run in Rio until August 13, when the first round of qualifying for the 100 meters is scheduled, but that begins a busy stretch for the world’s fastest man in which he’ll have three events to focus on during a six-day span.
With that being the case this period represents the “quiet before the storm” for Bolt, and on Tuesday he took some time out of his training to visit with local children at Jamaica’s Olympic track and field training headquarters in Rio. With much being made of some federations asking their athletes to avoid the favelas, while he didn’t visit one Bolt made sure to interact with those who represent “our future” according to his social media post.
Bolt took a photo with the group, with most of the children striking the pose he made famous eight years ago in Beijing.
This isn’t the first time an athlete has taken the step of interacting with locals during a major sporting event in Brazil, and it certainly won’t be the last. Two years ago during the World Cup Ghana’s Sulley Muntari took to the streets of Maceio, handing out cash to some of the residents.
They say these children are from the most dangerous communities (Favelas) here in Rio but they're our Future pic.twitter.com/CWX5bsZN7p
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.
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.