Omen’s Tennis Association (WTA) president Steve Simon called a video that appeared to show missing Chinese player Peng Shuai at a restaurant “insufficient.”
Peng, the former Wimbledon doubles champion, is seen smiling in apparently new footage released by Chinese state media.
Concern for the well-being of the 35-year-old man, which we have not heard directly for more than a fortnight, has even reached the United Nations and the White House this week.
The former world number one doubles has apparently disappeared after making sexual assault allegations against a former Chinese vice premier on social media site Weibo.
“I am happy to see videos released by Chinese state media that appear to show Peng Shuai at a restaurant in Beijing,” Simon said in a WTA statement.
“While it is positive to see her, it is still unclear whether she is free and able to make decisions and act on her own, without coercion or outside interference. This video alone is insufficient.
“As I said from the start, I remain concerned about Peng Shuai’s health and safety and that the sexual assault allegation is being censored and swept under the rug.
“I have been clear on what needs to happen and our relationship with China is at a crossroads.”
Wimbledon organizers on Saturday joined calls for confirmation of Peng’s well-being.
A statement read, “We are united with the rest of tennis in the need to understand that Peng Shuai is safe. We have worked to support the WTA’s efforts to establish his safety through our relationships behind the scenes.
“Together with the global tennis community, we would like Peng Shuai to know that his well-being is of the utmost importance to us, and we will continue to work to clarify his safety.”
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal also added their voices to the many tennis stars across the game which amplified WTA concerns.
Speaking to Sky Italia, Federer said: “She is one of our tennis champions, former world number one, and that is clearly concerning. I hope she is safe. The tennis family is united and I have always told my children that the tennis family is my second family. “
Nadal added in an interview with the French newspaper L’Equipe: “I follow the news and I read the articles on Peng Shuai. Even if I do not have all the information, the most important here is whether she is doing well. . All of us in the tennis family hope to see her again soon with us. “