Merge the WTA with ATP tour says Federer
“Should Have Happened…” says Federer, Halep Says "Yes", Kyrgios Says "No!"
Roger Federer’s social media proposal that the ATP and WTA should merge has prompted many positive responses including that from Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza according to the BBC.
The current lockdown climate urged Federer to claim that ‘the time is right to come together as one’.
However not all voices were in a positive mind. Nick Kyrgios stated on SM that ‘we shouldn’t merge’ and complained about the lack of consultation given to ATP players especially since the powers that be are giving Federer’s proposal much consideration.
One pioneering voice who could be considered the Godmother of women’s’ professional tennis (WTA) was Billie Jean King who stated “…Let’s make it happen”
Roger may have a point when you consider the backlog of competition issues, sponsorship funding, player finances and the most important thing, the future safety and welfare not only of players but spectators, staff and coaches once the tours recommence.
Let’s not kid ourselves. COVID-19 is here to stay. This virus will not suddenly vanish and with a vaccine not on the horizon for many months, there will be many considerations and subsequent policies made especially when restrictions are lifted.
To have everything under one roof with one name makes sense from the outside but one can’t help thinking that internal politics and egos may well have their say before a final decision is made.
What do you think?