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The seven Filipino athletes from five different sports plunged into training Tuesday, most of them doing morning and afternoon sessions, as the 2016 Rio Olympics moved just nine days away from its opening ceremony.

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Croatia completed a stunning Davis Cup comeback from 2-0 down to beat the USA 3-2 Sunday and advance to the semi-finals where they will face France.

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PH netters bow out

Jeson Patrombon squandered a huge 5-1 lead in the second set before succumbing to veteran Chen Ti, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0, 6-1, yesterday as the Philippines bowed to Chinese Taipei in the Asia Oceania Zone Group II second round tie at the Philippine Columbian Association claycourt in Paco, Manila.

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The 14-time major champion hasn’t played since pulling out of the French Open because of an injured left wrist and needed the International Tennis Federation’s Olympic Committee to approve his appeal because he hasn’t played Davis Cup.

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Jack Sock rallied to stun Marin Cilic 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Friday and put the United States on the road to a 2-0 lead over Croatia in their Davis Cup World Group quarter-final tie.

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A ruling on Maria Sharapova’s appeal of her two-year doping ban has been postponed for September, ruling her out of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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