Novak Djokovic voices support on WTA decision to suspend tournaments in China

World No.1 Novak Djokovic has backed the WTA on it's decision to suspend all tournaments in China due to concerns over Chinese player Peng Shuai's safety and well-being.

Shuai was not seen or heard from in public for almost three weeks after she made allegations against retired Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, accusing him of sexually assaulting her at his home three years ago. Although the former doubles World No.1 resurfaced and held a 30-minute video call with the chairman of the International Olympic Committee, the WTA still had its doubts over Shuai's well-being and chose to suspend all their activities in China until it was proven that the 35-year old was safe.

“I support fully the WTA’s stance because we don’t have enough information about Peng Shuai and her well-being,” Djokovic said. “Her health is of the utmost importance to the world of tennis.

“I think the position of the WTA is very bold and very courageous.”

WTA chairman Steve Simon announced the suspension of all its events in China on Wednesday, adding: “While we now know where Peng is, I have serious doubts that she is free, safe, and not subject to censorship, coercion, and intimidation.”

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