Australian Open fans ask, “Where is Peng Shuai?” T-shirt

Tennis Australia guards prevent two spectators from entering Melbourne Park for the Australian Open after refusing to take off their shirts, which feature a message in favor of Chinese female tennis player Peng Shuai. Did.

Friday, Australian human rights activist Drew Pavlou Upload video to Twitter His friend Max Moku and another tennis fan approached from the guards.

The video shows a security guard telling the pair “Where is Peng Shuai?” With a T-shirt and banner. People were not allowed to write to them because they were “not supposed to bring political statements into the tournament.” Security confiscated the banner, but the pair refused to take off the T-shirt.

Then the police were called. They also told tennis fans: “The Australian Open has a rule that you can’t have a political slogan … it’s a condition of entry.

After that, Moku called Pablo. Pablow has heard that it is not political to express concern that “female tennis players are being persecuted” and is arguing with police over the phone. Both Mok and Pavlou are running for the Senate in Australia’s 2022 federal elections.

“Tennis Australia sets the rules. No matter what you say, I’m not saying you don’t have those views, but Tennis Australia sets the rules here. I say yes, “replied the officer.

Video received 52,000 views At TikTok.

Pablow Said About A $ 7,000 ($ 5025) was raised on Twitter within 24 hours. GoFundMe Used to print “hundreds of free Peng Shuai shirts to hand out at the entrance to the Australian Open Women’s Final” after the incident.

A spokesperson for Tennis Australia told The Epoch Times that he supported security and police action, but that Peng Shuai’s security was a “major concern” for the organization.

“The ticket admission conditions do not allow commercial or political clothing, banners or signs,” a spokeswoman said.

“Peng Shuai’s safety is our main concern. We can continue to work with the WTA and the global tennis community to make her situation clearer and to ensure her well-being. I will do my best. “

Meanwhile, Victorian police told The Epoch Times that police were involved with patrons “to assist security and refer to admission requirements when leaving the venue.”

“We can’t show political motivation as part of the conditions for entry into the open,” they said.

In 2018, Tennis Australia signed a five-year commercial transaction agreement. Ctrip, China’s largest online travel agency.We also have partnerships with three major Chinese sponser: Liquor brand Luzhou Laojiao, Shenzhzen water company Ganten Food & Beverage, bedding company based in China DeRUCCI..

“China has 330 million tennis fans. China has 220 million Australian Open fans. 14 million regular tennis players and 30,000 tennis courts — that number is always It’s growing, “said Craig Tylie, Australian Open Tournament Director. Said in 2018..

Peng Shuai accused former Chinese deputy prime minister Zhang Gaoli of sexually assaulting him in November when he was young. She withdrew her comment after a series of bizarre messages and has been witnessed only a few times via Chinese social media since then.

Naomi Osaka, one of Peng Shuai’s loudest athletes, is ranked number one in the Women’s Tennis Association. Said on January 20th The tennis world “gathered” to keep Peng Shuai safe.

“I imagine I’m wearing her shoes, and like that, it’s a little scary,” said a Japanese tennis player. “You want to lend your voice and ask people to ask questions.”

Nina Nguyen


Nina Nguyen is a Sydney-based Vietnamese reporter with a focus on Australian news. Contact her at [email protected]

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