Australian Open braced for major protests as activist warns they will 'make big trouble'

There is yet to be any formal investigation conducted regarding Peng’s sexual assault claims. Despite a surge in appeals demanding information of the ex-pro’s wellbeing, the WTA is the only major tennis body that has campaigned consistently on the matter.

“I support the protests,” added three-time Australian Open-winner Martina Navratilova. “The Women’s Tennis Association is the only one that has actually tried to do something [about Peng Shuai].”

A protester was kicked out of Centre Court at Wimbledon 2022 after he shouted “Where is Peng Shuai?” during the final between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios. The 11th edition of the Australian Open is due to kick off on January 14, with a new women’s champion set to be crowned following titleholder Ashleigh Barty’s retirement from tennis.


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