“How to say a lot of words and say nothing” – .

“How to say a lot of words and say nothing” – .

The Tennis Professionals Association has been criticized by several prominent members of the tennis community for its response to the situation surrounding Peng Shuai, whose safety has been a pressing concern in the global sports community since she accused a top decision maker from China. part of the sexual assault and subsequently disappeared from public view.
In a statement released Thursday, ATP said the situation raised “serious concerns” within and beyond tennis, but did not engage in any action against China.

“The response to these concerns has so far been insufficient,” ATP said. “We again urge an open direct line of communication between the player and the WTA in order to establish a clearer picture of her situation. We know that sport can have a positive influence on society and generally believe that having a global presence gives us the best chance to create opportunities and make an impact. We will continue to consult with our members and monitor any developments as this issue evolves. “

The ATP statement follows the landmark decision by the Women’s Tennis Association to suspend events in China until sufficient assurances have been given about Peng’s well-being, a move that could cost millions to the WTA and has been widely hailed for putting people first over profit.

The gap between ATP and WTA responses was noted by world tennis stars, many of whom had previously lent their voices to the growing outcry over Peng’s disappearance more than a month ago after he said on social media that Zhang Gaoli, a former vice premier of China, sexually assaulted her, coupled with the country’s subsequent efforts to censor any mention of her allegations.

“Are we to understand that ATP would have made the same statement if the player had been a man? Martina Navratilova, 18 times Grand Slam champion, wrote on Twitter. “An atp tour pro?!? In a way, I don’t think so. #embarrassing ”

Critics have also come from the male side of the tennis community.

Andy Roddick, the former world No.1 player who won the 2003 US Open, noted the ATP statement was an example of “how to say a lot of words and say nothing”.

Others joined him. Mardy Fish, a former pro who was one of the many American tennis players who rose to prominence in the early 2000s, quoted ATP statement on Twitter, just saying, “Is that a statement?” While Tennys Sandgren, who climbed to 41st in the ATP Singles Rankings in 2019, noted that players can’t do it all if the governing body that represents them doesn’t take action.

“It is important to understand that we, the players, are completely handcuffed in our ability to act as a collective”, Sandgren wrote. “And our management of @atptour is a complete garbage can. “

Liam Broady, the current British number 4, did not mince words in his criticism of ATP but also aimed at the response of the International Olympic Committee.

“Absolutely embarrassing” Broady wrote on Twitter. “Not at all surprised by the IOC’s response but @atptour’s response just as full of fluff. “

Broady has been a voice presence on Twitter throughout the Peng Situation, question before why the speech surrounding his comings and goings was silent at the end of November.

Broady’s mention of the IOC comes after the committee said Thursday it had set up a second video call with Peng.


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