Roger Federer believes the coronavirus shutdown might be the fitting time for a merger between ATP and WTA for the betterment of tennis.
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- Last Updated: April 22, 2020, 9:19 PM IST
London: 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer got here up with a radical proposal concerning the way forward for worldwide tennis. The Swiss famous person advised a merger between males’s tennis physique ATP and girls’s governing physique WTA.
Federer believes this might be the fitting time for a merger between ATP and WTA for the betterment of the game. The former World No.1 additionally defined that he is not asking for competitions being merged however solely the governing our bodies.
“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?” Federer wrote on his Twitter deal with.
“I am not talking about merging competition on the court, but merging the two governing bodies (ATP and WTA) that oversee the men’s and women’s professional tours.”
“It’s too confusing for the fans when there are different ranking systems, different logos, different websites, different tournament categories,” he wrote additional.
I’m not speaking about merging competitors on the courtroom, however merging the two governing our bodies (ATP and WTA) that oversee the lads’s and girls’s skilled excursions….
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 22, 2020
The whole sporting calender of the world is reeling because of Covid-19 pandemic and tennis will not be totally different. The season has been placed on maintain with a number of tournaments being postponed or cancelled.
The second slam of the yr, French Open, has been postponed from May to September whereas the Wimbledon was cancelled earlier this month within the wake of coronavirus disaster. Wimbledon had solely been cancelled twice earlier than, due to World War 1 and World War 2.
Federer’s feedback on the social media had been ‘liked’ by each women and men gamers inside minutes.
“I agree, and have been saying so since the early 1970s. One voice, women and men together, has long been my vision for tennis,” American nice Billie Jean King, who created the WTA in 1973, stated on Twitter.
“The WTA on its own was always Plan B. I’m glad we are on the same page. Let’s make it happen.”
While tennis is a profitable sport for these on the high, these within the decrease echelons typically battle to make ends meet and with no indicators of when the game can resume once more, they face a bleak future.
The ATP Tour, the WTA, together with the ITF and organisers of the 4 Grand Slams, have in latest weeks joined forces to create a aid fund to assist the lower-level gamers affected by the shutdown.
Novak Djokovic, the pinnacle of the ATP participant council, stated he feared many within the decrease tier will surrender the game and referred to as on fellow professionals to assist them.
ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi lately stated it was extraordinarily necessary that his organisation works intently with its girls’s counterparts.
“The most difficult (part), is actually to align the stakeholders,” the Italian, previously a top-20 singles participant, stated in an ATP podcast.
“Players and tournaments currently, in the past, have been spending most of their time trying to solve internal conflicts. That is where most of the time, energy and resources were spent, while in reality, our competition lays outside.
“We compete with other sports, we compete with other entertainment platforms. We need to invest in technology and we need to work more closely with the other organisations, specifically the WTA, the ITF and the other Grand Slams …”
Fellow participant Nick Kyrgios replied to Federer’s thought with one phrase: “Yes.”
Former WTA chief govt Anne Worcester referred to as for a merger of the lads’s and girls’s excursions in an interview with Forbes this month.
The WTA didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
(With inputs from Agencies)