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Novak Djokovic supports China boycott amid continued concern for Peng Shuai

Doubles
grand
slam
winner
Peng
is
said
to
have
been
missing
since
making
sexual
assault
allegations
against
Zhang
Gaoli,
the
ex-vice
premier
and
member
of
the
Chinese
Communist
Party’s
Politburo
Standing
Committee.

The
veracity
of
subsequent
messages
from
Peng

both
on
email
and
posted
in
her
name
on
Weibo

has
been
questioned.

Serena
Williams
‘shocked’
by
Peng
Shuai
mystery
amid
fears
for
missing
Chinese
star

WTA
chairman
Steve
Simon
told
the
BBC
his
organisation
still
had
not
heard
from
Peng
directly
and
warned
it
would
have
no
issue
backing
out
of
events
in
China
without
proof
the
player
was
safe.

WTA
icons
Serena
Williams
and
Naomi
Osaka
have
spoken
of
their
concern
for
Peng,
and
men’s
world
number
one
Djokovic
weighed
in
on
Friday,
offering
his
support
to
Simon’s
stance.

“I
support
the
statement
of
WTA
as
an
organisation
and
also
their
president
absolutely,”
Djokovic
said.

“The
whole
tennis
community
needs
to
back
her
up
and
her
family,
make
sure
that
she’s
safe
and
sound
because
if
you
would
have
tournaments
on
Chinese
soil
without
resolving
this
situation,
it
would
be
a
little
bit
strange.

“I
heard
that
the
WTA
is
willing
to
pull
out
from
China
with
all
the
tournaments
unless
this
is
resolved.
I
support
it
100
per
cent.”

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