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The WTA assures that Shuai Peng is “safe and sound”

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on January 15, 2019, China's Peng Shuai reacts after a point against Canada's Eugenie Bouchard during their women's singles match on day two of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. - Eighteen-time Grand Slam winner Chris Evert on November 14, 2021, became the highest profile member of an increasingly concerned tennis community to raise the question of Chinese player Peng Shuai's safety and whereabouts.  Peng has been missing for the last 10 days and erased from Chinese internet and social media sites since accusing one of the leaders of her country of rape on her Weibo account - the equivalent of Facebook. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

A press release issued by the ATP with words from its president, Andrea Gaudenzi, revealed on Monday that Chinese tennis player Shuai Peng, who was missing after reporting an alleged case of sexual assault against her by the former Vice Minister of her country, Zhang Gaoli, is “safe and sound”, according to the information reported by the WTA to the Association of Professional Tennis Players

Gaudenzi, who is in Turin these days for the ATP Finals and who participated in the award ceremony of the trophy that accredits Novak Djokovic as number one, expressed support for “the WTA’s call for a full, fair and transparent investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Shuai Peng.” “There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our tennis community. We have been deeply concerned by the uncertainty surrounding the immediate safety and whereabouts of the player. We are encouraged by the recent assurances received by the WTA that she is healthy and save, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely, “he explains in the note.

“Shuai Peng and all women deserve to be heard, not censored. Her accusation about the conduct of a former Chinese leader of sexual assault must be treated with the utmost seriousness.”WTA President and CEO Steve Simon said Sunday.

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