Tennis must be up for Peng Shuai. unite – to the world

World number one Novak Djokovic has said tennis must stand together over the apparent disappearance of Chinese player Peng Shuai, describing the ongoing situation as dire.

Former double world number one, Ms. Peng has not been seen or heard in public since she said on Chinese social media on Nov. 2 that former Vice Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli forced her to have sex.

Yesterday, the White House and the United Nations They joined in demands to determine Ms. Peng’s whereabouts and well-being.

Amid growing concerns about her whereabouts, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has threatened to withdraw tournaments from China and the men’s ATP has requested clarification from the Chinese authorities.

When asked about his thoughts on his victory over Cameron Norrie at the ATP Finals, Mr Djokovic said he supported the WTA threat “100 percent”.

“I absolutely support the statement of the WTA as an organization and also its president,” he told reporters.

“The whole community, the tennis community, has to support you and your family and make sure they are safe and healthy because if you were to hold tournaments on Chinese soil without solving this situation, it would be a little strange.

Novak Djokovic

“I understand why the WTA took such a stance.”

WTA chief Steve Simon said yesterday that his organization was at a “crossroads” with China and said they would continue all efforts to reach Ms. Peng directly and, hopefully, speak directly.

Mr Djokovic said tennis authorities should team up to find out what action to take.

“It’s important because it’s awful. I mean, one person is missing, ”said the 34-year-old.

“I hope that Chinese tennis, Peng Shuai, will find it very soon in the interest of tennis. It is terrible. I mean, that could happen to anyone in any part of the world.

“We just have to unite and stand together and show that there is no such thing as ignorance, that it is not as if it is just something that affects China.

“It affects the tennis world because she has been an international tennis athlete for many years. In this whole case she at least deserves our support. “

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