“# WhereIsPengShuai”, the tennis world reclaiming campaign

"# WhereIsPengShuai", the tennis world reclaiming campaign

Just over two weeks ago, the Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai accused his country’s former vice-prime minister of sexual assault through his Weibo account, a Chinese social network. Within a few minutes the post was removed and, since then, nothing is known about her. Therefore, the campaign began “#WhereIsPengShuai” (“#WhereIsPengShuai”).

This Wednesday, China’s state media CGTN published an alleged email that Peng would have sent to Steve Simon, CEO of the WTA, clarifying that everything is in order and, although he appreciates the concern, asks that no more be said about the subject. Nevertheless, the highest female tennis entity insists that it distrusts the letter and asks for reliable proof that she is well. Simón, in turn, in the New York Times, assured that they would be willing to stop carrying out their activities in China, the host country of major calendar events.

Of course, social networks echoed the news and many of the great leaders of world tennis expressed their support for the 14th singles ranking in 2011, inactive since February 2020. “Censorship is never acceptable wherever it comes from. I hope Peng Shuai and her family are well and in good health. I am shocked by the current situation and I send love and light to her on her way. “, reflected the Japanese Naomi Osaka, winner of four Major titles and one of the leaders of world tennis when it comes to giving visibility to causes of social problems.

Serena Williams, tennis celebrity, multi-champion and away from the courts a few months ago, did not hide her voice: “I am devastated and shocked to hear the news from my colleague Peng Shuai. I hope she is safe and found as soon as possible. This must be investigated and we must not remain silent. Sending love to her and her family during this incredibly difficult time. .

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic, No. 1 in the men’s world rankings, also publicly expressed his support for Peng during the ATP Finals in Turin: “I hope they find her, that she is well. It’s terrible, I can only imagine how his family feels. ”

Jessica Pegula, Top 20 American, supported the severity of the WTA and asked for awareness of this situation: “I hope the WTA continues to show what we stand for as players. We are very fortunate to be able to do what we do but I hope that more people, not just tennis players, shed some light on this deeply troubling situation.”.

With a photo of the player and the hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai, a large number of current and retired tennis players expanded the campaign to the rest of the world: Kim Cljisters, Amelie Mauresmo, Agnieszka Radwanska, Patrick McEnroe, Benoit Paire, Alizé Cornet, Maria Sakkari and Gilles Simon, among others. Even his own Gerard Piqué, star of the soccer world and organizer of the Davis Cup.

We all wonder #WhereIsPengShuai?

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