Peng Shuai’s sudden disappearance last month sparked a huge uproar in the tennis community all over the globe. WTA has been dealing with the matter in the righteous manner, as they have pressed for answers regarding the whereabouts and safety of their player, Peng Shuai.
In the latest decision by WTA, they have taken a bold step to suspend all WTA events in China and Hong Kong until further notice. The decision was given its backing by the likes of WTA CEO, Steve Simon and the board of directors collectively.
“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,” the statement read.
Former American tennis player, Andy Roddick is among the several personalities who have come forward and applauded WTA for their brave act of suspending all events in China.
Andy Roddick backs WTA for taking a bold decision
In a message on Twitter, Andy Roddick stated that not many organizations could have made such a bold decision. The American added that he was proud to be a part of the tennis community that held the safety of its players as their highest concern.
“There are a lot of organizations who can afford to do something like this a lot more than the WTA can ……. Respect. Doing the right thing is a lot easier when there aren’t associated costs. I continue to be proud to be in the tennis orbit #PengShuai,” the tweet read.
Peng Shuai disappeared suddenly after she made sexual assault allegations against a top Chinese government official. However, just two weeks after her allegations, her issue seems to have been censored in China. Chinese officials have not responded to WTA’s request of allowing Peng Shuai to speak freely or cease the censorship. Hence, WTA had to make this courageous decision to suspend all tournaments in the country.