World tennis body suspends tournaments in China after ‘inappropriate’ treatment of tennis player

In a rare development for the sport, tournament organizers on Monday suspended all events in China after Olympic silver medalist Peng Shuai was unhappy at the treatment she received at a local tournament in…

World tennis body suspends tournaments in China after ‘inappropriate’ treatment of tennis player

In a rare development for the sport, tournament organizers on Monday suspended all events in China after Olympic silver medalist Peng Shuai was unhappy at the treatment she received at a local tournament in her home country, according to multiple reports in the press.

Peng, 28, who is ranked as the world’s 38th-best tennis player, told local media that her New Zealand coach was forced to wait outside of a practice court for 20 minutes until it was permitted to open, and that she was allowed only one clothing change in a 12-hour flight from China. Her attorney Wang Haijian said Peng was physically “harassed” by officials at the Kunming Open on Saturday, the Kyodo News reports. In response, the International Tennis Federation said in a statement that it was “alarmed by the reported incident.”

“As a global sport, we strive to hold a high standard of sportswriting standards that should be upheld at all times,” the ITF said. “ITF rules and regulations prohibit unfair treatment and any inappropriate comments or behaviors, no matter who the athlete or other participants are.”

Peng is currently taking part in a tournament in India. The ITF said that organizers and officials from the Kunming Open would conduct an investigation into the matter to determine the exact circumstances and how they can “address this matter for the benefit of all.” Peng is expected to compete in the WTA doubles tournament in Rome later this week.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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