Tennis tour CEO still wants Peng Shuai inquiry

  • China's Peng Shuai serves to Japan's Nao Hibino during a singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 21, 2020. A year ago, the WTA suspended all tournaments in China because of concerns about the safety of Peng, a Grand Slam doubles champion who accused a former government official there of sexual assault. WTA Tour Chairman and CEO Steve Simon wanted a full and transparent inquiry into her allegations and a chance for the tour to communicate with her — none of which has happened yet. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)

  • WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon sits for an interview during the WTA Finals tennis tournament in Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Tim Heitman)

FORT WORTH, Texas — The man in charge of women’s professional tennis, Steve Simon, has been sitting close enough to the action at the season-ending WTA Finals this week — from a seat in front of the front row, as courtside as can be — that a player easily could wander over for a mid-match chat.