Peng Shuai: Novak Djokovic describes Chinese player’s disappearance as ‘surprising’ | Tennis News

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World No 1 Novak Djokovic stated he’s “shocked” Peng Shuai has not been seen, saying: “It’s not much more to say than hope that she will be found, that she’s OK. It’s just terrible. I can imagine just how her family feels that she’s missing”

Last Updated: 16/11/21 11:19am


China's Peng Shuai has not been seen since posting allegations on social media of sexual assault against a former senior Chinese official

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China’s Peng Shuai has not been seen since posting allegations on social media of sexual assault towards a former senior Chinese official

China’s Peng Shuai has not been seen since posting allegations on social media of sexual assault towards a former senior Chinese official

Novak Djokovic described it as “shocking” that Peng Shuai has not been seen since posting allegations on social media of sexual assault towards a former senior Chinese official.

Peng, a former No 1-ranked doubles participant and one in every of China’s greatest sporting stars, alleged on her Weibo social media account earlier this month that Zhang Gaoli, who was a member of the Politburo Standing Committee – China’s high decision-making physique – coerced her into intercourse and that they later had an on-off consensual relationship.

Novak Djokovic said he was 'shocked' by Peng's disappearance

Novak Djokovic stated he was ‘shocked’ by Peng’s disappearance

Peng, 35, stated within the publish, which was deleted about half an hour after it was printed, that she might present no proof to again her allegations.

Concerns among the many world tennis neighborhood have grown as Peng has not been seen because the publish.

Djokovic stated: “I don’t have much information about it. I did hear about it a week ago. Honestly, it’s shocking that she’s missing, more so that it’s someone that I have seen on the tour in the previous years quite a few times.

“It’s not way more to say than hope that she shall be discovered, that she’s OK. It’s simply horrible. I can think about simply how her household feels that she’s lacking.”

Stacey Allaster is worried for Peng's health and safety

Stacey Allaster is worried for Peng’s health and safety

Stacey Allaster, the former CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), said the tennis world has put Peng’s health and safety ahead of business.

“Our sport is specializing in the well being and security of Peng Shuai, enterprise is secondary,” said Allaster, who is Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, with the United States Tennis Association (USTA).

“It is hard and it additionally is hard for this very brave younger girl that has damaged her silence and are available ahead with these allegations.”

In a statement on Sunday, WTA chairman and CEO Steve Simon said that the recent events were of deep concern.

“Peng Shuai, and all girls, need to be heard, not censored. Her accusation concerning the conduct of a former Chinese chief involving a sexual assault should be handled with the utmost seriousness,” he stated.

On Monday, the governing physique of males’s tennis (ATP) backed the WTA’s call for China to investigate the allegations.

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