Navratilova says tennis body ‘ capitulating to China' over Peng Shuai
The Guardian|January 25, 2022
The tennis great Martina Navratilova has condemned as “pathetic” the Australian Open’s decision to stop fans wearing “Where is Peng Shuai?” T-shirts, accusing Tennis Australia of “capitulating” to China.
Emma Kemp

Late last week spectators at Melbourne Park were asked to remove their T-shirts and security confiscated a banner emblazoned with the same words, on the grounds that TA prohibits “clothing, banners or signs that are commercial or political”.

It has been almost three months since Peng accused a senior Chinese official of sexual assault then virtually disappeared from public life.

The governing body stood by its rationale on Sunday , saying Peng’s “safety is our primary concern” and it was working with the Women’s Tennis Association to “seek more clarity” on the Chinese star’s wellbeing.

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