Former world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo has been appointed as the new French Open tournament director, the French Tennis Federation announced on Thursday. Guy Forget resigned from the position as the French Open tournament director and Mauresmo's name immediately popped up as a possible replacement.
Two days after the Forget resignation, the FFT announced Mauresmo as the new French Open tournament director. Forget had been the French Open tournament director since 2016. After retiring from the game, Mauresmo coached Andy Murray and Lucas Pouille.
Mauresmo shows support to Peng Shuai
"Freedom of speech and the speech of women are important subjects," Mauresmo said, per Tennis Magazine/Twitter. The WTA took a major stand against China last week when they suspended all tournaments scheduled to take place in China next year.
"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. "I very much regret it has come to this point.
The tennis communities in China and Hong Kong are full of great people with whom we have worked for many years. They should be proud of their achievements, hospitality and success. However, unless China takes the steps we have asked for, we cannot put our players and staff at risk by holding events in China.
China’s leaders have left the WTA with no choice. I remain hopeful that our pleas will be heard and the Chinese authorities will take steps to legitimately address this issue”.