Two-time U.S. Olympian Molly Huddle will head into the unknown on Nov. 6, when she runs her first 26.2-mile race at the New York City Marathon.
Huddle’s schedule later in the 2020 Olympic cycle is a little unclear as well.
What’s for sure is that Huddle will not race a spring marathon and plans a track season in 2017, hopefully peaking at the world championships in London in August.
Huddle said it *could* be her last track season.
“I hope to run the Olympic Trials for the marathon in 2020,” Huddle said Tuesday. “That process kind of starts now.”
Huddle, 32, owns the American 10,000m record, set while finishing sixth at the Rio Olympics in 30:13.17. She also held the American 5000m record for six years until Shannon Rowbury snatched it Sept. 9.
Huddle said she doesn’t expect in 2020 to attempt what Galen Rupp did this year, trying to make the Olympic team in the marathon and a track event or two. But she didn’t rule it out, either.
She also hasn’t set a goal for New York next month, the most anticipated marathon debut by a U.S. woman since Shalane Flanagan in 2010.
“I haven’t pinpointed a hard time or place for what I would define as successful,” Huddle said. “I want to feel like I paced myself appropriately and used my energy as efficiently as I could, not to hit that wall. Those are all things I’m going to have to figure out.”
No. 1 Iga Swiatek of Poland is favored to claim a third French Open title, a year after beating American Coco Gauff in the final. She bids to join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win the French Open three or more times since 2000.
Two Americans are ranked in the top six in the world — No. 3 Jessica Pegula and Gauff.
The last American to win a major singles title was Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought matches the longest in history (since 1877) for American men and women combined.
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, No. 12 Frances Tiafoe and No. 16 Tommy Paul are the highest-seeded Americans, all 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.