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Rafael Nadal’s first French Open titles air on NBC Sports’ ‘From the Vault’

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Relive 25% of Rafael Nadal‘s French Open titles on NBCSN on Wednesday, part of NBC Sports’ “From the Vault” week.

Starting at 7 p.m. ET, catch Nadal’s triumphs on the terre battue from 2006, 2011 and 2005 in succession. Coverage also streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

In 2006, Nadal met Federer in a Grand Slam final for the first time, rallying 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (4) for his second title at Roland Garros. Nadal conquered Federer in three different clay finals that spring, breaking Guillermo Vilas‘ 29-year-old male record for consecutive wins on the surface (53).

The 2011 French Open final (10 p.m.) again pitted Nadal and Federer. Again, Nadal prevailed 7–5, 7-6 (3), 5–7, 6–1. It marked their first Grand Slam final clash since the 2009 Australian Open and would be their last until the 2017 Australian Open. Nadal tied Bjorn Borg‘s record six men’s titles in Paris, a mark he would eventually double.

The 2005 French Open final (12:30 a.m.) marked the beginning of the Nadal reign at Roland Garros. In a white bandana, olive green sleeveless top and white pirate pants, he came back to beat 37th-ranked Argentine Mariano Puerta 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1, 7-5.

At 19, he became the first teenage man to win a Grand Slam singles title since Pete Sampras at the 1990 U.S. Open. And the first man to win the French in his debut at the event since Mats Wilander in 1982.

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2006 French Open Men’s Final 7 p.m. NBCSN | STREAM LINK
2011 French Open Men’s Final 10 p.m. NBCSN | STREAM LINK
2005 French Open Men’s Final 12:30 a.m. NBCSN | STREAM LINK

UCI looks for new host for 2020 World Road Cycling Championships

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The International Cycling Union (UCI) is looking for a new host for the 2020 World Road Cycling Championships due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Switzerland can no longer host the week-long event in late September after a national decision to extend a ban on events with more than 1,000 people through next month.

Amid reports the competition has been canceled, the UCI clarified Wednesday that it still hopes to hold it in some form, perhaps without some of the junior or senior races.

It now seeks an “alternative project,” preferably still in Europe and on the same dates (Sept. 20-27).

Worlds were due to start in Switzerland on the same day that the rescheduled Tour de France ends, though the senior elite men’s races are typically not on the first three days.

The Tour de France is still scheduled to start Aug. 29.

Last year, American Chloe Dygert starred at road worlds, winning the time trial in dominant fashion. Other world champions in Olympic events: Annemiek van Vleuten (road race), Rohan Dennis (time trial) and Mads Pedersen (road race).

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Michael Phelps qualifies for first Olympics at age 15 in 2000

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In the biggest race of his young life, a 15-year-old Michael Phelps turned for the last 50 meters in fourth place of the U.S. Olympic Trials 200m butterfly final on Aug. 12, 2000.

His mom, Debbie, couldn’t watch. She turned away from the Indianapolis Natatorium pool and stared at the scoreboard. Both Debbie and Phelps’ coach, Bob Bowman, mentally prepared their consolation speeches for the rising Towson High School sophomore outside Baltimore.

Then Phelps, fueled by nightly Adam’s Mark chicken sandwich-and-cheesecake room service and amped by pre-race DMX on his CD player, turned it on. He zoomed into second place, becoming the youngest U.S. male swimmer to qualify for an Olympics since 1932.

Phelps had “come out of nowhere in the last six months” to become an Olympic hopeful, NBC Sports swimming commentator Dan Hicks said on the broadcast. True, Phelps chopped five and a half seconds off his personal best that March.

“He doesn’t know what it means to go to the Olympics and how it’s going to change his life,” Tom Malchow, the 1996 Olympic silver medalist who held off Phelps in that trials final, said that night, according to The Associated Press. “He’s going to find out soon.”

Phelps, who did his trademark arm flaps before the trials final, made Bowman look like a prophet. Four years earlier, the coach sat Debbie down for a conversation she would not soon forget.

“Told me what he projected for Michael,” Debbie said, according to the Baltimore Sun‘s front-page story on a local 15-year-old qualifying for the Sydney Games. “He said that in 2004, he would definitely be a factor in the Olympics. He also said that he could be there in 2000, to watch out for him. At the time, he was only 11.”

The trials were bittersweet for the Phelps family. Whitney, one of Phelps’ older sisters, withdrew before the meet with herniated discs in her back that kept her from making an Olympics after competing in the 1994 World Championships at age 14.

After Phelps qualified for the Olympics, one of the first people to embrace him was Whitney on the pool deck.

The next week, Phelps, still with bottom-teeth braces, did his first live TV sitdown on CNN, swiveling in his chair the whole time, according to his autobiography, “Beneath the Surface.”

The next month, Phelps finished fifth in his Olympic debut, clocking a then-personal-best time that would have earned gold or silver at every previous Olympics.

Following the Olympic race, gold medalist Malchow patted Phelps on the back, according to “No Limits,” another Phelps autobiography. What did Malchow say?

“The best is ahead of you.”

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