Rafael Nadal: We need to know if Peng Shuai is okay

20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal said that he is following the news regarding Peng Shuai and added that he is hoping the Chinese will be found safe and well. 

Peng, a former doubles world No. 1, went missing in China after accusing a former vice premier of sexual assault. 

Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka are some of the biggest names that came out and spoke about the Peng disappearance. 

“I follow the news and read the articles about Peng Shuai. Even though I don’t have all the information, the most important thing here is to know if she is okay. All of us in the tennis family hope to see her back with us soon,” Nadal said, per L’Equipe. 

Rafael Nadal on #WhereIsPengShuai: “I follow the news and read the articles about Peng Shuai. Even though I don’t have all the information, the most important thing here is to know if she is okay. All of us in the tennis family hope to see her back with us soon.” (via @lequipe)

— Oliver | Tennis (@insidetennis99) November 20, 2021

Nadal, the tennis world concerned about Peng 

This week, the WTA received a mail that was claimed to be sent from Peng. 

In the mail, it was said that Peng was safe and that her accusations were false. 

The WTA didn’t believe the mail was indeed sent by Peng. 

“The statement released today by Chinese state media concerning Peng Shuai only raises my concerns as to her safety and whereabouts,” WTA CEO Steve Simon said. 

” I have a hard time believing that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received or believes what is being attributed to her. Peng Shuai displayed incredible courage in describing an allegation of sexual assault against a former top official in the Chinese government. The WTA and the rest of the world need independent and verifiable proof that she is safe. I have repeatedly tried to reach her via numerous forms of communication, to no avail.

“Peng Shuai must be allowed to speak freely, without coercion or intimidation from any source. Her allegation of sexual assault must be respected, investigated with full transparency and without censorship.

“The voices of women need to be heard and respected, not censored nor dictated to.”

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