Women’s tennis united on Wednesday night to support Peng Shuai by suspending all tournaments in China.
The 2013 Wimbledon doubles champion appears to be under house arrest after making allegations of sexual assault against China’s former vice-premier.
Steve Simon, chief executive of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), issued another robust statement calling for a transparent investigation.
By suspending events in China, including Hong Kong, the WTA have put in jeopardy more than £30million of prize money, plus large staging fees.
The country has become a huge part of their market. In the last scheduled calendar prior to the pandemic it was due to host 10 events on the WTA Tour, plus more on the lower rungs of the circuit.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Mike Dickson