Australian Open officials force fans to remove shirts referring to China's Peng Shuai

23/1/2022 9:36:00 AM

Australian Open officials force fans to remove shirts referring to China's Peng Shuai

https://str.sg/wAeLMELBOURNE (REUTERS) - Australian Open organisers said the safety of Ms Peng Shuai remains their"primary concern" even as security officials at the Grand Slam forced fans to remove shirts referring to the Chinese former doubles No. 1.

A video posted on social media on Saturday (Jan 22) showed security staff at Melbourne Park confiscating shirts and a banner bearing the slogan:"Where Is Peng Shuai?"Ms Peng's well-being became a matter of concern among the global tennis community in November when she appeared to allege that a former Chinese vice-premier had sexually assaulted her in the past. After that post,

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sg/wAeL MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - Australian Open organisers said the safety of Ms Peng Shuai remains their"primary concern" even as security officials at the Grand Slam forced fans to remove shirts referring to the Chinese former doubles No. 1. After that post, she was absent from public view for nearly three weeks. A video posted on social media on Saturday (Jan 22) showed security staff at Melbourne Park confiscating shirts and a banner bearing the slogan:"Where Is Peng Shuai?" Ms Peng's well-being became a matter of concern among the global tennis community in November when she appeared to allege that a former Chinese vice-premier had sexually assaulted her in the past. "It was really amazing because she's a champion here," Krejcikova, who hit 23 winners and broke her opponent five times, said on court. After that post, she was absent from public view for nearly three weeks. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) suspended tournaments in China due to what its concerns over Peng's safety, which the Tour says have not been alleviated by her recent public appearances. In December, she denied ever having accused anyone of sexually assaulting her, adding that an e-mail she had sent a month earlier to the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) president Steve Simon seeking to assure him of her well-being was done"entirely of my own free will". TA declined to comment to Reuters on its handling of the Djokovic issue but tournament director Craig Tiley on Sunday blamed"forever-changing conditions" and"miscommunication" with the government for the saga in an interview with state broadcaster ABC.

In a brief interview with the Lianhe Zaobao, Ms Peng , and that her movements had not been restricted in any way. "Peng Shuai's safety is our primary concern. "I'm extremely happy I won today, doing everything to get this win. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) suspended tournaments in China due to its concerns over Ms Peng's safety, which the Tour says have not been alleviated by her recent public appearances. Australian Open organisers Tennis Australia said in response to the video that"under our ticket conditions of entry we don't allow clothing, banners or signs that are commercial or political"." Former world number one Victoria Azarenka, who is part of the WTA Players Council, said earlier this week that they were yet to hear directly from Peng. It said:"Peng Shuai's safety is our primary concern. I was just enjoying the match and trying to play my best tennis. We continue to work with the WTA and global tennis community to seek more clarity on her situation and will do everything we can to ensure her well-being. "Hopefully we will get to hear from her personally at some point. Supporters of Djokovic, including American player Tennys Sandgren, have called for the Australian Open to be stripped of its Slam status over his deportation, while others demanded Tiley resign.

" Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, who is part of the WTA Players Council, said earlier this week that they were yet to hear directly from Ms Peng." World number one Ash Barty said the situation had brought the tennis community together. She will next meet Madison Keys after the former US Open finalist defeated eighth-seeded Spaniard Paulo Badosa 6-3 6-1 earlier. "There hasn't been that much development in terms of contact with Peng Shuai even though from our side we will continue to make any and all efforts to make sure that she is safe, she feels comfortable," Ms Azarenka said. "Hopefully we will get to hear from her personally at some point. Related:. I think that's the goal, the main goal right now. But almost 43,000 fans attended on Saturday to take the tally for the first six days to 184,361 and the gloom about the tournament’s future is far from widespread.

" World No. 1 Ash Barty said the situation had brought the tennis community together. "Hopefully it's not too long until we see her back out here," the Australian said at Melbourne Park. Embed Twitter .