Daniil Medvedev: I wouldn't feel comfortable playing in China next week



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Daniil Medvedev: I wouldn't feel comfortable playing in China next week

World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev admitted he would not feel comfortable playing in China if there was an ATP tournament taking place there next week. The WTA made a big announcement on Wednesday as they suspended all tournaments that are scheduled to take place in China next year.

Peng Shuai went missing in China a month ago after accusing a former vice premier of sexual assault. The WTA tried multiple times to get into a direct contact with Peng but their every attempt was unsuccessful. The WTA received a couple of mails from Peng but they believed that every mail sent from Peng was influenced by others.

"If the tournament would be next week, probably nobody would feel comfortable," Medvedev said, per Reem Abulleil.

Medvedev reacts to the latest news

The ATP released a statement on Thursday but they never mentioned suspending tournaments in China.

"What WTA did is a reaction, so ATP did a different reaction. I don't want to say which one is good or bad," Medvedev explained. "But definitely what WTA did is strong. Yeah, there were a lot of money involved there.

It's really strong from Simon to make this decision." The WTA wanted a verifiable proof that Peng was safe and well but never received it. "As a result, and with the full support of the WTA Board of Directors, I am announcing the immediate suspension of all WTA tournaments in China, including Hong Kong.

In good conscience, I don’t see how I can ask our athletes to compete there when Peng Shuai is not allowed to communicate freely and has seemingly been pressured to contradict her allegation of sexual assault. Given the current state of affairs, I am also greatly concerned about the risks that all of our players and staff could face if we were to hold events in China in 2022," WTA CEO Steve Simon said in a statement released on Wednesday.