Norrie Novak Djokovic: "100% support to WTA's threat to pull tournaments from China until Peng Shuai case is resolved"

After his win over Cameron Norrie in the ATP Finals on Friday, Novak Djokovic said he backed the WTA's threat to pull tournaments from China.

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After his win over Cameron Norrie in the ATP Finals on Friday, Novak Djokovic said he backed the WTA's threat to pull tournaments from China. And until solid evidence regarding Peng Shuai's safety was provided to the world.

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Peng has been missing ever since she made allegations of sexual assault against a former Vice Premier of China. There has since been a growing chorus of voices demanding the tennis player be allowed to speak freely.

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During his press conference, they asked Novak if he felt the ATP should follow the WTA's lead. The Serb did not provide a direct response to the question but revealed that he had received an update on the situation before his match against Cameron Norrie.

The update Djokovic was referring to probably the photographs of Peng. One of her friends apparently released her on a Chinese social media site. However, they have not yet been verified.

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"Just before the match today I heard - I'm not sure if this was the statement from her PR team - but there was some kind of statement about her," Novak Djokovic said.

"I don't know whether she was found or not. Correct me if I'm wrong. That's what I heard. Someone told me there was some kind of statement that went out there that she was kept I don't know if it was a prison, she was contained. I don't know. She didn't really have communication with everybody."

Djokovic then expressed his hope that Peng Shuai is found to be safe and healthy.

" I support the statement of WTA as an organization and also their president absolutely," Djokovic continued. "This can obviously happen to anybody. I mean, this is not a common thing, obviously. We don't hear about it. I don't know if it ever has happened."

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