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Tennis’s reaction to WTA’s suspension of events in China over Peng . concerns

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FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 13, 2019 – Peng Shuai of China practices. REUTERS / Adnan Abidi

December 2, 2021

(Reuters) – The following are the reactions from the tennis community after the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) on Wednesday announced the immediate suspension of nL1N2SN04V of all events in China due to concerns about the situation. Health status of former world number one Peng Shuai:

BILLIE JEAN KING, 78 years old, FOUNDATION OF WTA

“I applaud (WTA CEO) Steve Simon and the @WTA leadership for their strong stance on human rights protection in China and around the world. The WTA stands on the right side of history in supporting our players.

“This is another reason why women’s tennis is at the forefront of women’s sports.”

MARTINA NAVRATILOVA, 65, 18 TIME Badminton Champion

“This is a brave stand by Steve Simon and the WTA, where we put principles above $ and stand for women everywhere and especially for Peng Shuai.

“Now – what do you say, @IOC?!? #IOC – so far I can barely hear you!!! #WhereisPengShuai”

CHRIS EVERT, 66, 18 TIME GRAND SLAM WINNER

“Proud of Steve Simon and @WTA for following closely… hope the rest of the tennis powerhouses, other sports and even businesses follow suit… For now, let’s focus into the search for Peng Shuai.”

NOVAK DJOKOVIC, 34, THE NUMBER ONE MAN IN THE WORLD

“I fully support the position of the WTA as we do not have enough information about Peng Shuai and her health condition.

“A tennis player’s life is being laid out here, so we, as the tennis community, need to stand together.”

ANDY RODDICK, 39 years old, THE NUMBER ONE Formula Man in the World

“There are a lot more organizations that can afford to do something like this than the WTA can… Respect.

“Doing the right thing is a lot easier when there are no costs involved. I continue to be proud to be in tennis orbit.”

(Composited by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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