The president of the World Tennis Association (WTA), Steve Simon, announced tonight that all tennis tournaments in China have been suspended, due to concerns for the safety of Chinese player Peng Shuai.

“I am announcing the immediate suspension of all WTA tournaments in China, including Hong Kong. Peace of mind, I do not see how I can ask our players to participate in tournaments, when Peng Shuai is not allowed to communicate freely, and when he is under pressure to rebut his allegations on sexual abuse, “Simon wrote in a statement.

On November 2, Peng Shuai announced on the social network Weibo that former Chinese Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli forced her to have sex despite repeated opposition after a tennis match three years ago.

In mid-November, the Chinese player disappeared from the public, and on November 21, she appeared for the first time in Beijing, at the youth tournament.

Peng won 23 doubles titles, including Wimbledon in 2013 and Roland Garros in 2014.

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