WTA: Loss of Tournaments in China Over Tennis Star Could Go Past 2022


The Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA) pushback against China’s authoritarian disappearance of tennis player Peng Shuai could lead to cancellations of events beyond 2022. “We’re hopeful we get to the right place, but we are prepared if it continues as it is—which hasn’t been productive to date—that we will not be operating in the region,” Steve Simon, the president and CEO of the WTA, said in a video call with The Associated Press. The women’s professional tennis tour announced earlier on Wednesday that it would suspend all tournaments in mainland China and Hong Kong, due to concerns over Beijing’s treatment of tennis star Peng Shuai. Last month, the Chinese Grand Slam doubles champion disappeared for about 20 days after she accused a former government official of sexual assault in a fast-deleted social media posting. “The leadership in China has not addressed this very serious issue in any credible way. … None of …

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