In recent weeks, there has been a lot of talk about the Shuai Peng's issue. The Chinese player accused former Deputy Prime Minister and member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Politburo Zhang Gaoli of violence and rape.
Shuai spoke clearly of abuse and a forced relationship that would have forced her to spend dark and sad years. From the moment she decided to publicly expose herself on the Weibo social network, Peng literally disappeared until a strange letter came to the WTA.
A letter released only by the Chinese state channel CGTN. "Hello everyone, this is Peng Shuai. Regarding what is published on the WTA website, the content has not been approved nor has my consent for publication. The news contained in that statement, including the rape allegations, are not true.
I haven't disappeared and I'm not in danger. I'm just home and resting, thank you so much for caring about me. If the WTA intends to publish more news about me, please contact me directly." The ATP, the WTA, the players have shown their concerns towards Peng and the last one to expose himself, directly to the microphones of Sky Sport Italia, was Roger Federer.
The Swiss Maestro said: "She was number 1 in the world, regardless of this I hope she is well. The whole tennis family is gathered around her. I am attached to all players and female players. I hope that good news will come from her soon and that she is well."
The WTA, with Steve Simon, has already threatened China with terminating its employment relationship." We are prepared to withdraw our businesses and face all the complications that follow. Because rape charges are more important than business."
We will see if there will be any news on the case in the next few hours.
Rosset: "Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's absences are tough"
The 2021 ATP Finals are now around the corner and yesterday the draw for the two groups (red and green, in honor of the Italian flag) took place.
The big favorite Novak Djokovic happened together with Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Casper Ruud, while the number 2 of the seeding Daniil Medvedev will face Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini and Hubert Hurkacz.
Being the first edition in Turin, there is great anticipation among fans and professionals. At the same time, there is no doubt that the absences of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal take away the appeal of the event, even if the Swiss and the Spaniard are now far from the glories of the past.
The 40-year-old from Basel played the misery of 13 official matches in 2021, before undergoing surgery on his right knee again. Rafa, for his part, was limited to just seven tournaments by a chronic foot injury. During a recent interview with rts.ch, Marc Rosset expressed some strong opinions on the eve of the year-end Masters.
"There are some new faces in this year's edition, which is a positive aspect, but we are far from the appeal and interest that there was at the O2 Arena in London. Hurkacz did very well at Wimbledon, but there is no denying that some of these guys got through to minor tournaments.
People want to see legends like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray or Stan Wawrinka at the Masters, not guys who have secured their place by playing a myriad of ATP 250s," Rosset ruled. "To be quite honest, I don't remember a less attractive edition of the ATP Finals than the one we are about to live", he added to the dose.
Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev are the only Slam winners present in Turin. "I don't want to disrespect Hurkacz, Ruud or Rublev, but they still achieved too little in the major tournaments. Zverev can no longer postpone his appointment with success in a Grand Slam and the same goes for Tsitsipas. This would give more credit to the event next year," he commented.