Australian crowd supports Peng Shuai
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 2673
The Australian Open women's singles has ended; with the protagonists of the final Danielle Collins and Ashleigh Barty in a battle that lasted an hour and a half. The winner was the home tennis player, the Australian Barty, who won in two sets, with a score of 6-3, 7-6 (2).
Co-star, however, of the women's final of the Australian Open was Drew Pavlou. The human rights activist gave the public shirts with the words "Where is Peng Shuai?": "Where is Peng Shuai?" It is not the first time that Pavlou has tried to distribute these shirts: already during the first week of the first Grand Slam of the season, the activist had tried to distribute these shirts, but the security of the tournament prevented him from doing so.
Many had criticized the choice of the organizers of the Australian Open: former tennis player Martina Navratilova had declared that the choice was pathetic; the Australian Defense Minister, Peter Dutton, on the other hand, had defined this choice as very worrying.
Craig Tiley, director of the Australian Open, had opened up the possibility of wearing shirts, but without forming large coordinated groups and without bothering the continuation of the event.
Peng Shuai will meet with the President of the Olympic Committee
In November 2021, Peng Shuai had disappeared: the Chinese tennis player was not present at any public event.
The international outcry was immediately triggered, as the former world number one in the doubles had denounced former Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli, a former senior official of the Chinese Communist Party. After weeks of waiting, Shuai returned to speak through an email released by Chinese state TV, then in a video call with the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach, saying that she is fine and asking that her privacy be respected.
On the veracity of these words, few believed us. The President of the Olympic Committee himself asked to meet the tennis player who won Roland Garros in doubles, on the occasion of the start of the Winter Olympic Games, which will take place in China, in Beijing, on 4 February.
Meanwhile, the WTA has opted for the temporary suspension of tournaments in China, due to the association's doubts about the conditions of Peng Shuai