Security approached a group of fans at the Australian Open and asked them to remove custom t-shirts that read, "Where is Peng Shuai?" "Under our ticket conditions of entry we don't allow clothing, banners or signs that are commercial or political," a Tennis Australia spokesperson said, via ESPN.
"Peng Shuai's safety is our primary concern. We continue to work with the WTA and global tennis community to seek more clarity on her situation and will do everything we can to ensure her well-being." Videos surfaced on social media showed fans speaking with security officials and police officers.
"The Australian Open does have a rule that there can't be any political slogans ... it's a rule that it's a condition of entry," an officer can be heard saying. "Tennis Australia does set the rules, and regardless of what you're saying — and I'm not saying you can't have those views — but I am saying that Tennis Australia sets the rules here”.
Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty spoke about the Peng case
Former world No. 1 Osaka said she would want people to care about her if she was in Peng's position. "You know, you don't really -- this is a hard one to describe.
I feel like if I was in her position, I would want people to care for me too. So it's like one of those things. Like I imagine myself in her shoes, and in that way, it's a little bit scary. But you kind of want to lend your voice and you want people to, you know, ask the questions," Osaka said.
Meanwhile, Barty expressed hope that Peng is fine. “Yeah, I think the tennis community has come together. Obviously we're all looking out for her (Peng Shuai's) safety," Barty said. "We all hope that she's well. We hope that she's doing okay. Hopefully it's not too long until we see her back out here."