Roger Federer has issued Wednesday, the wish, supported by Rafael Nadal, to see to merge the ATP and the WTA, who manage respectively the professional leagues men’s and women’s tennis, on the occasion of the crisis linked to the sars coronavirus.
“I was wondering… am I the only one to think that the time has come for the tennis male and female to be together to do together?”, queries the Swiss on his Twitter account.
“I am in total agreement on the fact that it would be great to get out of this global crisis with the meeting of the tennis male and female into a single organization,” said Nadal, 2nd in the ATP rankings.
The Romanian Simona Halep 2nd in the world, has also lent his support: “You’re not the only one,” she tweeted.
“I’m not talking about merging the competition on the court, but to merge the two governing bodies (ATP and WTA) tennis professional, masculine and feminine,” explains Federer.
“It probably would have been done a long time ago, but the time has really come now,” he continued, in reference to the difficult period experienced by the world tennis, at the stop since mid-march due to the pandemic of COVID-19.
“We are going through a difficult time (…) and we can come up with two instances impaired, or with an instance strengthened,” said the man with the 20 titles of the Grand Slam.
“It is confusing for fans to have the scoring system different logos, different web sites, categories of tournaments different”, explains the Switzerland, no. 4 in the ATP rankings.
Seven instances currently manage their side of the tennis competitions professional: the ATP, the WTA, the ITF (the international Federation), as well as each of the Grand Slam tournaments (the australian Federation for the Australian Open, the French Federation for Roland-Garros, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club for Wimbledon and the american Federation for the US Open).