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‘I fully support the decision’ – Novak Djokovic throws weight behind WTA action

Novak Djokovic says he ‘fully supports’ the WTA’s decision to suspend it’s activities in China due to concerns over the safety of Peng Shuai.

Peng Shuai was not seen for two weeks after making allegations of sexual assault against former Chinese vice-premier Zhang Gaoli.

She has since re-emerged after participating in a video call with the International Olympic Committee, and was also pictured at a tennis event in China.

However, her freedom and safety is far from certain, and the WTA have now taken action against China.

“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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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.