The WTA has decided to use its iron fist on the Shuai Peng's issue. Steve Simon has in fact announced the suspension of all tournaments planned in China in 2022. Simon explained: "In all conscience, I don't know how I could ask our players to play in the country where Peng Shuai is not allowed to speak freely.
Even though we know where Peng is, I have serious doubts that the woman is free, safe and that she is not subject to censorship or intimidation. The WTA has been clear, we need transparent investigations into the allegations of abuse suffered by Peng Shuai.
Too many times in the world, in matters like this, we let business, politics or money tell us what is right or what is wrong. Instead, we must start making choices based on what is right and what is wrong, without compromising."
Gaudenzi: "We are worried about Shuai Peng"
Many players, including Novak Djokovic, and many players have supported the WTA and in the last few hours the reaction of the ATP has also arrived through the president Andrea Gaudenzi.
"The situation involving Peng Shuai continues to raise serious concerns within and outside our sport. The response to these concerns has so far been insufficient. We ask once again that there is a direct and open line of communication between the player and the WTA in order to establish a clearer picture of his situation.
We know that sport can have a positive influence on society and in general and we believe that it can offer the best possibilities to create opportunities and make an impact. We will continue to consult with our members and monitor any developments as the situation evolves."
China has entrusted its reaction to Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin. Wenbin said: "China strongly opposes the politicization of sport." We will see how the situation will evolve in the coming weeks. The situation is very controversial and there are many shadows on the whole situation.