Roger Federer earned widespread support on Wednesday when he suggested the two main tour bodies – the Association of Tennis Professionals, and the Women’s Tennis Association – should merge.
“Just wondering,” said Roger. “Am I the only one thinking that now is the time for men’s and women’s tennis to be united? We can come out of this [pandemic] with two weakened bodies or one stronger body.”
Rafael Nadal supported his long-time rival’s proposition.
“Hey @rogerfederer as you know per our discussions 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 organisation,” he said.
Roger and Rafa argued by a merger tennis could emerge stronger from the coronavirus lockdown which has seen the sport shut down with Wimbledon cancelled for the first time since World War II and the French Open pushed back to the end of September.
“It probably should have happened a long time ago, but maybe now is really the time. These are tough times in every sport and we can come out of this with 2 weakened bodies or 1 stronger body,” Federer wrote.
He said the current system was “too confusing for the fans when there are different ranking systems, different logos, different websites, different tournament categories”.