WTA President Steve Simon still wants to achieve Peng Shuai

Fort Worth, Texas – The man responsible for professional women’s tennis, Steve Simonwas sitting near the event in The WTA Finals at the end of the season This week – from a front row seat, as it can be on the field – this Player can walk around easily To chat in the middle of the game.

did not happen. You probably won’t, of course. Simon says he interacts a lot with athletic athletes throughout the year—”I’m not a pen pal with all of them, per se; I wouldn’t fail on the couch next to them, per se…but I think we have a good relationship”—and listen to their concerns, which Recently many of them can be summed up in one particular word.

“Everyone is looking for stability,” WTA Chairman and CEO Simon said during an interview with The Associated Press Tuesday at Dickies Arena, which has a one-year deal to host it. Tournament for the top eight singles players and the top eight doubles teams Until next Monday, before giving way to the site’s usual mix of monster trucks, rodeo shows, indoor lacrosse, and concerts like George Strait and the Eagles.

One unresolved issue for Simon, with a primary cause bothering him and players alike, is when the events of the tour, including the WTA Finals, return to China. A year ago, the WTA suspended all tournaments in that country due to safety concerns Bing ShuaiMy husband’s Grand Slam champion, who has accused a former government official there of sexual assault. Simon wanted a full and transparent investigation into her allegations and a chance for the tour to connect with her – none of which had happened yet.

Bing immediately disappeared from view, then tried to retreat. She did not leave China and was part of a carefully organized appearance during the Beijing Olympics in February.

“All I can do is think about her and hope she’s okay,” he said. Coco Guff, an 18-year-old American entered into singles and doubles in Fort Worth. “We’re told it is, but you never know.”

Shenzhen, China, was supposed to hold the WTA Finals until 2030, but the pandemic scrapped those plans in 2020 and 2021.”

“Hopefully that’s where we’re going to be,” he said, “but we obviously have some issues that we have to work through.”

He called two: the Bing situation and the ongoing restrictions in the field of coronavirus.

“We need to solve Peng. … We are relieved that she is safe, we know she is in Beijing, which is great. We want that. But we haven’t received the assurances we want with regards to the investigation,” Simon said. “What is the real story? That’s all we asked for. what is the story? She clearly had a lot of courage to come forward with what she said. The principles in question are perfectly aligned with what we stand for as an organization. What we have asked for is an investigation to understand what happened and what did not happen and then to address it appropriately.”

The WTA Finals placement in Fort Worth hasn’t been announced until September – scheduling Put it right before the Billie Jean King Cup Finals In Scotland next week there was some criticism – and there were thousands of empty seats during the first two days of competition.

Simon called it a “very last minute destination” and referred to the place as “maybe a little big for us, but it’s a nice plaza.”

Up to number 1 in the rank Iga Swiatek “Hopefully we’ll see a full house soon,” she noted, telling the audience after her victory Tuesday night.

Halep’s comment

Simon said he talked to him Simona HalepThe two-time Grand Slam champion and former top-ranked player was suspended a week and a half ago after testing positive for a banned substance at the US Open in August.

“I think she didn’t do anything here on purpose. However, I believe very strongly in the anti-doping programme, and I think it is a good programme, and our players support it as well. And if you ask Simona said, she supports it.” “I am very confident that as we go through the process, the truth will come out, and we will deal with it accordingly. But I sympathize very much with Simona, because I will never question her integrity.”

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