World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has described the Peng Shuai disappearance as "horryfing" as he has urged the authorities to take whatever actions in order to find her. Peng went missing in China after accusing a former vice premier of sexual assault.
"This is horrifying. A person is missing. She was No. 1 in the world in doubles and one of the most famous Chinese tennis players. This is necessary for us to take whatever actions," Djokovic said, per Reem Abulleil. The WTA threatened to pull out all 10 tournaments scheduled to take place in China next year if Peng is not found.
"I support if the WTA pulls out of China in case the Peng situation is not resolved. For the sake of her and tennis, I hope they find her soon. We have to stand together and show that this is something that concerns the tennis world," Djokovic added, per Sasa Ozmo.
Djokovic previously said he was 'shocked' about the Peng disappearance
A few days, a mail sent to the WTA was claimed to be from Peng. In the mail, it was said that Peng was safe and that she made false accusations.
However, WTA CEO Steve Simon didn't believe it was really sent by Peng. "The statement released today by Chinese state media concerning Peng Shuai only raises my concerns as to her safety and whereabouts," WTA CEO Simon said.
" I have a hard time believing that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received or believes what is being attributed to her. Peng Shuai displayed incredible courage in describing an allegation of sexual assault against a former top official in the Chinese government.
The WTA and the rest of the world need independent and verifiable proof that she is safe. I have repeatedly tried to reach her via numerous forms of communication, to no avail. "Peng Shuai must be allowed to speak freely, without coercion or intimidation from any source.
Her allegation of sexual assault must be respected, investigated with full transparency and without censorship. "The voices of women need to be heard and respected, not censored nor dictated to”.