Novak Djokovic backs WTA in ‘courageous’ move to suspend China tournaments

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic supports the WTA’s decision to suspend all tournaments scheduled to take place in China in 2022. 

After failing to get enough information about Peng Shuai’s well-being, the WTA made a radical move and suspended all tournaments scheduled to take place in China next year. 

The WTA tried multiple times to get into a direct communication with Peng but their every try was unsuccessful.

“I support fully WTA’s stance because we don’t have enough information about Shuai Peng and her well-being, and her health is one of the utmost importance for the tennis community regardless of the fact that’s it’s her. It can be anybody, both male and female player that something like this could happen,” Djokovic said. 

“I don’t see anything wrong in the WTA and everyone, actually, the ATP, as well, asking for clarity on what is going on. We don’t have enough information, and I think it’s very bold a very courageous stance from the WTA.”

Djokovic backed the WTA 

When the WTA made a threat to suspend all tournaments scheduled to take place in China, Djokovic publicly supported them. 

Now when they suspended tournaments scheduled to take place in China, Djokovic praised them for their courageous move. 

“Unfortunately, the leadership in China has not addressed this very serious issue in any credible way. While we now know where Peng is, I have serious doubts that she is free, safe and not subject to censorship, coercion and intimidation. The WTA has been clear on what is needed here, and we repeat our call for a full and transparent investigation – without censorship – into Peng Shuai’s sexual assault accusation,” WTA CEO Steve Simon announced in a statement released on Wednesday. 

“As a result, and with the full support of the WTA Board of Directors, I am announcing the immediate suspension of all WTA tournaments in China, including Hong Kong. In good conscience, I don’t see how I can ask our athletes to compete there when Peng Shuai is not allowed to communicate freely and has seemingly been pressured to contradict her allegation of sexual assault. Given the current state of affairs, I am also greatly concerned about the risks that all of our players and staff could face if we were to hold events in China in 2022.”