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SPORTS


u Frenchman registers first win over top-10 player in nearly two years


Tsonga ousts Khachanov in Washington


McIlroy joins Tiger at Japan’s US bill aims to protect athletes from abuse


1st PGA Tour event in October


France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated
his first top-10 rival in nearly two years,
ousting Russian second seed Karen
Khachanov 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 on Tuesday at
the ATP Washington Open.
The 34-year-old Frenchman, ranked
70th in the world, outlasted eighth-
ranked Khachanov after one hour and
58 minutes, turning back the clock to
reach the third round of the US Open
hardcourt tuneup event.
“I played very good tennis,” Tsonga
said. “Everything went OK. Just very
happy to go through. It’s good to see
some results for all the hard work.”
Tsonga, who lost his only Grand Slam
final to Novak Djokovic at the 2008 Aus-
tralian Open, had dropped six matches
in a row against top-10 rivals since
beating fifth-ranked German Alexan-
der Zverev in October 2017 in a Vienna
quarterfinal.
There’s a revitalized spark in Tsonga,
who won his 17th ATP title in February
at Montpellier as a 210th-rated wild card.
He fired 13 aces and won 80 percent of
his first-serve points.
“When you play so long, sometimes
you don’t feel like yourself,” Tsonga said.
“Sometimes you lose your personality. I
try to keep it and bring it back on court.
When you are like this, it’s a lot better.”
Tsonga advanced to a third-round
match against British 13th seed Kyle
Edmund, who defeated South Africa’s
Lloyd Harris 6-1, 6-4.
Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev
reached the third round by ousting US
wildcard Bjorn Fratangelo 6-3, 6-4.
The world No.10 might face an in-
jured rival in the third round as 40th-
ranked hometown favorite Frances Tia-
foe beat Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik


6-1, 7-6 (7/5) then quickly departed with
a foot injury.
Australia’s Bernard Tomic wasn’t so
lucky, withdrawing from his first-round
match with a finger injury. German
lucky loser Peter Gojowczyk replaced
him and outlasted Russian Andrey
Rublev 7-6 (8/6), 4-6, 7-6 (7/2).
Khachanov, who earlier last month be-

came the first Russian in the top 10 since
Mikhail Youzhny in 2011, is coached by
Vedran Martic but has worked the past
couple weeks with former world num-
ber three Nikolay Davydenko.
“We started to train in Moscow, so
that’s the preparation I’ve had with him,
for 10-11 days, and then I asked him to
come here as well,” Khachanov said.

“We just started with him. I don’t
want to make any official announcement
yet. But he started to help me two weeks
ago. Hopefully he can join the team.”
Together with Medvedev, Khachanov
has signaled a new rise in Russian ten-
nis.

AFP

uOLYMPICS

Two US senators introduced
legislation on Tuesday to
strengthen Congressional over-
sight of US Olympic officials,
who they say failed to protect
athletes from sexual abuse.
Senators Jerry Moran and
Richard Blumenthal released
the results of an 18-month in-
vestigation that found wide-
spread failure to keep ath-
letes safe by the US Olympic
and Paralympic Committee
(USOPC) and other bodies.
The probe was launched in
2016 in response to the Larry
Nassar abuse scandal. The for-
mer national gymnastics team
doctor was jailed for life for
abusing more than 250 ath-
letes, including several stars of
the USA’s 2012 and 2016 gold
medal-winning Olympic teams.
“It remains shocking to me,
disillusioning to me, that there
were people who had a respon-
sibility to protect those athletes

who did not do it,” said Moran,
who chairs the Senate subcom-
mittee that has authority over
amateur sports.
“The statement of the sur-
vivors that sticks with me is,
‘Why was there more than one
of us who encountered Larry
Nassar?’”
The bill would require the
USOPC to establish clear abuse
reporting requirements and
impose greater liability for the
committee and the national
governing bodies of individual
sports.
It would enable Congress to
dissolve the USOPC through
a joint resolution if lawmakers
find the organization fails to
protect athletes.
“They will be held liable,
they will be held accountable,”
Blumenthal said. “They will be
disbanded by Congress if they
fail to uphold their responsibili-
ties.”
The legislation would in-
crease athlete representation

on the USOPC board and bol-
ster funding for the US Center
for SafeSport – the organiza-
tion tasked with policing abuse
allegations.
It would also ensure the
Center for SafeSport is inde-
pendent from the USOPC and
the national governing bodies,
and require those organiza-
tions to enforce its sanctions.
The Senate investigation
found that “multiple institu-
tions” failed to adequately re-
spond to credible allegations
against Nassar, and that serious
allegations of sexual abuse have
been made in USA Taekwondo,
USA Swimming, US Figure
Skating and other sports.
McKayla Maroney, who
won Olympic gymnastics gold
and silver at the 2012 London
Olympics and was one of those
who came forward about Nas-
sar’s abuse, said the legislation
was a good step.

AFP

uGOLF


Former world No.1 Rory Mc-
Ilroy will join 15-time major
winner Tiger Woods at Japan’s
first PGA Tour tournament
later this year, organizers an-
nounced Wednesday.
Woods had already con-
firmed his participation, but
McIlroy’s addition considerably
brightens the star power at the
$9.75 million Zozo Champion-
ship in October.
“It is wonderful we have
the opportunity to compete in
Japan this year and I’m truly
excited to be heading” to the
tournament, the 30-year-old
Northern Ireland star said in a
press release.
McIlroy’s commitment is
“a fantastic addition,” organiz-
ers of the Zozo Championship
said.
“I know golf fans in Japan
are very supportive and knowl-


edgeable of the game and it’ll
be really cool and fun for the
PGA Tour players to perform in
front of them for the first time,”
McIlroy said.
“In my career, I’ve won all
around the world and it’ll be
an achievement if I can register
my first title in Japan.”
McIlroy, the world No.3, is
currently ranked second on the
FedExCup points list. The four-
time major winner was world
No.1 for 95 weeks between
2012 to 2015.
A total of 78 players, includ-
ing the leading 60 players from
the FedExCup points list, will
compete at the Zozo Champi-
onship in Chiba, near Tokyo,
from October 24 to 27.

AFP

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga hits a return to Karen Khachanov at the 2019 Citi Open on Tuesday at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center in
Washington DC. Photo: IC
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