The 2020 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials are headed back to Eugene, Ore., it was announced Thursday, one year after the meet was originally awarded to Mt. San Antonio College (SAC) in Walnut, Calif.
The University of Oregon will host the trials for a fourth straight time dating to 2008.
USA Track and Field announced in June 2017 that Mt. SAC would host the 2020 trials. USATF said three months ago that bidding was reopened amid litigation surrounding the construction of a new stadium at Mt. SAC.
The Los Angeles area college originally beat out Eugene, Ore., and Sacramento for the trials. When bidding was reopened, the candidates were reportedly Eugene, Sacramento (host of the 2000 and 2004 trials) and Austin, Texas.
The trials will be June 19-28, 2020, (with two off days) ahead of the Olympics, which run July 24-Aug. 9 in Tokyo.
Hayward Field was recently torn down and is being replaced by a new stadium scheduled to be completed in spring 2020. Hayward will also host the 2021 World Championships.
But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.
She retired from her last pre-French Open match with a right thigh injury and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.
No. 3 Jessica Pegula, the highest-seeded American man or woman, was eliminated in the third round.
No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, is the best hope to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seleswon the 1996 Australian Open.
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 and No. 12 Frances Tiafoe are the highest-seeded Americans, 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.