As the heated debate over the complex relationship between athletes and the media spewed over into another day of competition, World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev overcame his past struggles on clay to reach the third round of Roland-Garros, and 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams advanced after a second-set scare.
Competitors expressed support for player Naomi Osaka but did not officially back her press boycott, putting the players’ media mandate under question once more. A reporter’s press credentials were temporarily revoked after he claimed to have logged on to a press conference with German Alexander Zverev from a supermarket.
Medvedev, who had an 0-4 record at Roland-Garros before this latest attempt, kept his hopes alive with relative ease to set up a fourth-round match with American Reilly Opelka, while Williams, who is chasing a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title, beat Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu with five aces to advance to the fourth round.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori survived a gruelling four-hour, five-set triumph against Russia’s Karen Khachanov, while Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas breezed through Spain’s Pedro Martinez in straight sets. Serena Williams, the seventh seed, went the distance against Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania, winning 6-3 5-7 6-1 to advance to the third round, where she will face fellow American Danielle Collins.