Fairly pessimistic interview by Roger Federer in the Swiss press today. Says he will not be at the Australian Open and that Wimbledon would be a surprise.

Federer: "The truth is I would be surprised to play Wimbledon... and Australia does not even come into play. We knew before the operation that its nature would require a months-long break."
Federer also says: "My life isn't going to collapse if I don't play a Grand Slam final again. But it would be the ultimate dream to go back. And in fact, I still believe in it. I believe in these kinds of miracles."
Worth reading the whole Roger Federer interview but the main takeaway is he still thinks he can comeback, and will keep trying even if it takes him two years, but not if it means sacrificing being able to ski or play football or tennis with his kids and friends.
The second part I think most people already knew, but the first part is interesting. The idea that Federer could go two years without a tennis match and then jump back in never really occurred to me.

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17 Nov

An International Olympic Committee spokesperson has told me the IOC are "encouraged by assurances that Peng Shuai is safe. We are touch with the International Tennis Federation who continue to monitor the situation.”

I didn't expect much more or different, but it is a pretty weak statement and is almost exactly the same as the opening lines of the ATP statement.

I appreciate this is a delicate situation and there may be further back-channels conversations going on but still: weak.
None of these "assurances" have come from reliable sources outside China, and no one has been able to contact her in any of the normal ways.

If she really was safe, well and not being at the very least censored, we would have heard from her.

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16 Nov
It is now two weeks since Peng Shuai posted her allegations of sexual assault against Zhang Gaoli on social media.

They were quickly removed and she has not been heard from since. No reliable sources have been able to contact her.


Her whereabouts are not currently known. There is growing concern for her status.

@hrw's China director though tells me all is not lost. Bodies outside China *can* have an impact. WTA and ATP statements must be the start, not the end.

Sophie Richardson of @hrw cites Ai Weiwei and Liu Xia as examples of where the Chinese regime were forced into relenting.

Also urged the IOC to make their presence felt over Peng Shuai's case ahead of the Winter Olympics in February.


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