Australian Olympic swimmers Madeline Groves and Thomas Fraser-Holmes could be banned for two years for missing drug tests.
Groves, the Rio Olympic 200m butterfly silver medalist, and Fraser-Holmes, a two-time Olympian, both missed three drug tests in a 12-month span and could be suspended for up to two years due to anti-doping rules, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Swimming Australia has not confirmed the possible bans as the punishment process has not been completed.
Groves, 21, had the best individual finish for an Australian female swimmer in Rio. She touched .03 behind Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia in the 200m butterfly.
It was reported two months ago that Groves and Fraser-Holmes would skip the 2017 Australian Championships and the 2017 World Championships.
It is not known whether their third missed drug tests occurred before they decided to sit out the big meets of 2017.
Fraser-Holmes led off the Australian 4x200m free relay that finished fourth in Rio and missed the individual podium in the 400m individual medley and 200m freestyle.
Fraser-Holmes, 25, said one of his three missed drug tests came because he was late getting home from dinner.
“In normal society, we all make mistakes,” Fraser-Holmes said on Australia’s 7 News. “We’re all late sometimes.”
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.
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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.