No disruptive protests, but Peng-Shuai t-shirts allowed at Australian Open

Peng Shuai competing at the 2019 China Open in Beijing. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Australian Open spectators will not be stopped from from wearing t-shirts referencing the controversy around Chinese player Peng Shuai but will not be allowed to disrupt the event with protests, Tennis Australia has said.

TA chief executive Craig Tiley clarified the organisation's stance on the matter after Australian Open security staff were criticised for confiscating t-shirts with the message ‘Where is Peng Shuai?’ from several spectators. The slogan references the controversy over Peng's step back from public view in China following an alleged affair with a former senior Chinese politician.

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