The ITF separates itself from the WTA over the Peng Shuai case and will hold its tournaments in China

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai serves during her match against Carla Suarez at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The complaint of sexual assault made by former tennis player Peng Shuai and her subsequent disappearance for a few days after it was broadcast continues to generate much controversy in tennis. A controversy that last week experienced one of its most critical moments with the announcement of the WTA not to hold tournaments in China until what happened is clarified.

Although several tennis players have applauded the WTA’s decision, other organizations such as the ATP or ITF had not yet ruled on whether they would take the same path as the women’s circuit. However, everything indicates that in the case of the ITF this will not be the case.

Speaking to the BBC, ITF President David Haggerty He confirmed that his institution will continue to organize its tournaments in both junior and elite categories on Chinese soil. “We do not want to punish one billion people, so we will continue to hold our junior and elite tournaments in the country for now,” justified Haggerty., which assured that, in addition, they will continue to be very aware of everything related to the investigation of the Peng Shuai case.

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