The Olympic master competition schedule for the Tokyo Games, postponed to 2021, is available here.
The Olympic Opening Ceremony was originally scheduled for July 24, 2020, but the Games were pushed back to July 23, 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The schedule largely remains the same. Competition begins with softball and women’s soccer two days before the Opening Ceremony and concludes with the men’s marathon, among other events, on the day of the Closing Ceremony.
Records of 41 sports and 339 medal events (33 more events than in Rio) take place from July 23-Aug. 8 at the site of the 1964 Games.
The first events — preliminary softball games — will be July 21, a Wednesday morning, in Fukushima, an area hit by a 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster, or Tuesday night in the U.S. with the time difference. July 21 is the 25th anniversary of the first Olympic softball game.
The first medal event is the women’s 10m air rifle, as it was in Rio, where then-rising West Virginia sophomore Ginny Thrasher stunned for gold. Thrasher failed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team in that event but can still qualify in another rifle event.
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.