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A protester was booted out of Centre Court mid-way through the Men's Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios after yelling "Where is Peng Shuai" during the middle of a point.
Play was immediately stopped and the fan was grabbed by security and thrown out of the building as booed rang out across the arena.
Notoriously hot-headed Kyrgios – who wasn't in the best of moods to begin with at that point – looked particularly disgusted with the interruption, placing his hands on his hips and huffing to himself as he prepared to for Djokovic's next serve.
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The distraction came at an awkward time for the Australian who was unravelling a little as he battled to stay in the third set, which Djokovic would go on to win minutes later, putting him 2-1 ahead and within touching distance of his 21st Grand Slam title.
Peng Shuai is Chinese tennis player who mysteriously vanished from public view after accusing Zhang Gaoli, a high-ranking retired member of China's Communist Party, of sexual assault in November 2021.
The 36-year-old reappeared two weeks later in a photo-op organised by state media, though critics in the west fear the appearance was staged in response to unrelenting foreign inquiries into her disappearance.
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In February she suddenly announced her retirement from tennis and hasn't made a public appearance since, prompted further fears that she's being held against her will, or is being threatened to keep quiet, by Chinese authorities.
Protesters from the Free Tibet organisation were spotted wearing 'Where is Peng Shuai T-shirts around the All England Club last week, reportedly clashing with security staff.
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