Peng Shuai Metoo
Peng Shuai Metoo News
Previous Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion Peng alleged on social media in November that former Chinese vice-premier Zhang Gaoli forced her into sex during a long-term on-off relationship.
WTA chair and CEO Steve Simon said the move — which could cost the organisation hundreds of millions of dollars — had the "full support" of the tour's board of directors.
Zhang Gaoli has not appeared in public view and has not responded to the claims.
Peng Shuai, a Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion, was not seen for more than two weeks after she made the sexual assault accusations against a former vice premier.
Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai says she is 'safe and well' in a video call with IOC chief Thomas Bach
"Peng Shuai thanked the IOC for its concern about her well-being," IOC chief Thomas Bach said.
One photo shows a smiling Peng Shuai with a cat in her arms, with stuffed animals, a trophy, a Chinese flag and certificates visible in the background.
'We must stand together': Djokovic backs WTA threat to cut ties with China over Peng Shuai's disappearance
WTA has threatened to cut lucrative business ties with China if tennis star Peng Shuai remains unaccounted for.
Simon said in a statement that he had a "hard time believing" the email was written by Peng, who has not been heard from since alleging two weeks ago that a powerful Chinese politician had sexually assaulted her.