Federer and Nadal want to see male and female tennis merged

Roger Federer, supported by Rafael Nadal, expressed the wish to see the ATP and the WTA, two professional male and female tennis circuits, merge because of the crisis linked to the new coronavirus (Covid-19).

“I was wondering … am I the only one who thinks that the time has come for men’s and women’s tennis to be together to form one?” Asked Federer on his Twitter account. The Swiss champion explained that this merger will be at the level of the two governing bodies (ATP and WTA) of professional tennis. “It probably should have been a long time ago, but the time has really come now,” he continued.

“I totally agree that it would be great to come out of this global crisis with the meeting of men’s and women’s tennis in one organization,” said Nadal, 2nd in the ATP rankings.

Conquered by the proposal, the 2nd world player, Simona Halep, tweeted, “You are not the only one”.

“We are going through difficult times (…) and we can get out of it either with two weakened instances, or with a strengthened instance,” said the man with 20 Grand Slam titles, stressing that it is confusing for fans to have different systems.

Seven bodies currently manage professional tennis competitions: ATP, WTA, ITF (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).

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