• Home
  • /
  • Tennis
  • /
  • Over €9000 Raised For 'Where Is Peng Shuai?' T Shirts At Australian Open

Over €9000 Raised For 'Where Is Peng Shuai?' T Shirts At Australian Open

Over €9000 Raised For 'Where Is Peng Shuai?' T Shirts At Australian Open
Jonathan Byrne
By Jonathan Byrne
Share this article

Tennis Australia has come under fire recently for banning Australian Open crowd goers from wearing 'Where is Peng Shuai?' t-shirts.

The Chinese tennis player was missing for three weeks in November after she came out with sexual assault allegations over former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.

In a strange set of circumstances - Shuai then took part in a video call with the IOC after her disappearance to declare she was safe and well and wasn't aware of any interference from the Chinese State.

Her comments on the sexual assault were very publicly posted on the social media site 'Weibo' at the time. The tennis player has since claimed they were taken out of context.

People haven't been convinced that Shuai wasn't interfered with in November due to the repressive nature of China's government and curtailing freedom of speech.

So much so that the 'Where is Peng Shuai?' t-shirts were brandished around Melbourne Park at this year's Australian Open but to little avail.

Police and security officials have been asking fans to remove the merchandise with Tennis Australia defending their actions.


"Under our ticket conditions of entry we don't allow clothing, banners, or signs that are commercial or political," the organisation said in a statement.

Peng Shuai Criticism

Tennis goers are unhappy that they are being silenced on the issue. A Go Fund Me page was set upstars to raise money to print more 'Where is Peng Shuai?' t-shirts last week.

They've raised over €9,000 so far from the campaign. The description reads, "Any victim and survivor deserves to be heard and deserves to have justice."


Many tennis players past and present have come out in support of the movement and in criticism of Tennis Australia for trying to keep their Chinese sponsors happy.

One of those is 18-time Grand Slam winner Martina Navratilova. She said she finds the whole thing "really, really cowardly" and thinks there's human rights issues at stake.

"I think they are wrong on this," Navratilova said in a U.S. TV appearance. "This is not a political statement, this is a human rights statement."


Nicolas Mahut, who still plays on the ATP tour, tweeted saying, "What lack of courage! What if you did not have Chinese sponsors."

Supporters of Peng Shuai are planning on handing out the 'Where is Peng Shuai?' t-shirts this week at the Australian Open as the draw reaches the quarter-final stage.

See Also: 5 Things Sky Sports Can Improve Upon With Their Ryder Cup Coverage

Ryder Cup

Join The Monday Club Have a tip or something brilliant you wanted to share on? We're looking for loyal Balls readers free-to-join members club where top tipsters can win prizes and Balls merchandise

Processing your request...

You are now subscribed!

Share this article

Copyright © 2024. All rights reserved. Developed by Square1 and powered by PublisherPlus.com