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Anthony Ervin’s ‘definitive goal’ for 2020

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Anthony Ervin shattered the record for oldest individual Olympic swimming gold medalist in Rio, but his goal for 2020 isn’t quite as ambitious at this point.

“My definitive goal would be to make sure I’m in the finals at Olympic Trials,” Ervin said, according to “Red Bulletin.” “Just to show that I’m still f—— good.”

Ervin will be 39 in 2020, older than all but one previous U.S. Olympic swimmer, all but one previous Olympic swimming medalist and all but one Olympic swimmer since 1928 (the exception in all three cases was Dara Torres, 41 in 2008).

Ervin said in Rio that he planned to continue swimming, all the way to 2020 if he could handle it.

His domestic competition in the 50m freestyle will continue to be fierce, but two stars are aging.

Nathan Adrian, the 2015 World silver medalist, is 27. Cullen Jones, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist, is 32. Adrian, Ervin and Jones finished 1-2-3 at the Olympic Trials in July.

The emerging talent in the 50m free, an experienced man’s event, is Caeleb Dressel, a 20-year-old who finished sixth in the 100m free in Rio and led off the U.S. 4x100m free relay that took gold.

Dressel, a University of Florida junior, broke his personal best in the 100m free twice in four swims in Rio.

Dressel was fourth in the Olympic Trials 50m free.

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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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