Former doubles world No. 1 Nicolas Mahut has praised WTA CEO Steve Simon for taking a stand and calling for actions to be taken in the Peng Shuai case.
Peng, a former doubles world No. 1, went missing in China after accusing a former vice premier of sexual assault.
“Steve Simon showed great leadership on this situation. I really appreciate his statement. I think the ATP followed very fast. I’m pretty sure they will walk on the same path. That means if the situation is still the same I think ATP would be on the same path as WTA,” Mahut said, per Reem Abulleil.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was also among the players that publicly spoke about the Peng case.
“This is horrifying. A person is missing. She was No.1 in the world in doubles and one of the most famous Chinese tennis players. This is necessary for us to take whatever actions,” Djokovic said.
Mahut threatens to never again play in China
WTA CEO Simon threatened to China to pull out of all 10 tournaments that are scheduled to place in China next year if Peng is not found.
“Personally, I won’t play in China if the situation is the same. But we have to be united. The president of ITF, he didn’t say anything. I’m expecting him to do like Steve Simon. Well, I hope he will very soon,” Mahut said.
Naomi Osaka, one of the biggest names in women’s tennis, was “shocked” over the Peng disappearance.
“Hey everyone, not sure if you have been following the news but I was recently informed of a fellow tennis player that has gone missing shortly after revealing that she has been sexually abused. Censorship is never OK at any cost, I hope Peng Shuai and her family are safe and OK. I’m in shock of the current situation and I’m sending love and light her way,” Osaka said in a tweet posted.