In a few posts on Twitter, 20-time Grand Slam Champion, Roger Federer expressed his want for a merger of the ATP & WTA.
“Am I the only one thinking that now is the time for men’s and women’s tennis to be united and come together as one?”
“It probably should have happened a long time ago,” Federer wrote. “But maybe now is really the time.”
Rafael Nadal responded to these comments saying, “I completely agree that it would be great to get out of this world crisis with the union of men’s and women’s tennis in one only organization.”
Billie Jean King, who has fought for the unity of the tours herself commented, “I agree, and have been saying so since the early 1970s. One voice, women and men together, has long been my vision for tennis,” King tweeted in reply to Federer. “The WTA on its own was always Plan B. I’m glad we are on the same page. Let’s make it happen.”
A couple other notables names that agreed with Federer’s proposal included Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza.
Although the WTA and ATP do share several tournaments, much of their seasons are played in different locations.
“It’s too confusing for the fans when there are different ranking systems, different logos, different websites, different tournament categories,” Federer said in a response to a reader’s comment.
“These are tough times in every sport,” Federer said, “and we can come out of this with 2 weakened bodies or 1 stronger body.”
Anne Worcester, the former WTA chief executive, also called for a merger of the two tour this month in an interview with Forbes.
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