ixteen-year-old tennis phenom Tseng Chun-hsin won the Wimbledon boys’ singles championship over the weekend, however, on Twitter, most are more concerned with where the esteemed tennis tournament says that the boy hails from.
On Monday, Wimbledon’s official Twitter account tweeted out news of Tseng’s victory, describing him as being from “Chinese Taipei.”
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2018
Underneath, Twitter users attacked the tournament for selling out to China:
However, while a number of international companies, airlines in particular, have recently bowed to pressure from Beijing and changed the way that they refer to Taiwan, Wimbledon’s stance on the “one China” policy is nothing new, only now being highlighted by Tseng’s success.
Under the Nagoya Resolution of 1979, Taiwan was allowed to compete in the Olympic Games under the name “Chinese Taipei.” This deliberately ambiguous name is also used at other international events, including at tournaments sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation. When reporting on Taiwanese players at such events, news outlets sometimes even use the “Chinese Taipei” designation.
When searching for players on Wimbledon’s website, you can use a drop-down list of “countries” which lists “Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)” as one of the options.
This issue promises to only become more controversial, or just familiar, as Tseng ages. One month prior to winning Wimbledon, the 16-year-old also won the boys’ singles title at the French Open. He plans to turn pro next year.