Like most sports in the world, the tennis is going through moments of uncertainty due to the pandemic of coronavirus. In this context, several players have expressed their concern about the lack of protection of the entities that regulate the discipline at a professional level, and the Swiss Roger Federer He came out to face us making a revolutionary proposal: unite men’s tennis with women’s.
While I know recovers from a knee injury and awaits the resumption of the circuit, which is paralyzed due to COVID-19, the Swiss player of 38 years He has been very active on social networks. It was through this route that he proposed merge ATP and WTA.
Just wondering… ..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?
– Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 22, 2020
“I was just wondering… Am I the only one who thinks that now is the time for men’s and women’s tennis to be one? I am imagining a merger between WTA and ATP. I’m not talking about merging competition on the field, but rather merging the bodies that oversee the professional tours of men and women ”, wrote the former world number 1.
His messages were quickly replicated by many of his followers, leading to Federer deepen his idea: “It probably should have happened a long time ago, but maybe now is really the time. It is confusing for fans when there are different ranking systems, different logos, different websites, different tournament categories. ”
– diego schwartzman (@dieschwartzman) April 22, 2020
Also immediately appeared the approval of several colleagues, including the Argentine Diego Schwartzman –That quoted his Twitter post and added applause emojis– or Nick Kyrgios, who replied affirmatively, just after criticizing the ATP for delaying financially helping the lowest ranking tennis players. “They have left the players in the shade. It is a very poor way of acting, that is the truth ”, shot the Australian.
The proposal of Roger Federer, maximum winner of Individual titles in Grand Slam tournaments (20) And the one who has maintained the number 1 position in the ATP ranking (310 weeks), clearly responds that tennis needs to find solutions to the financial and sports problems that the coronavirus has brought. “These are difficult times in all sports and we can get out of this with two weakened bodies or with a stronger entity”added the legendary Swiss tennis player.
On Tuesday, both associations, together with the ITF and the federations of the four Grand slam, had announced that they would work together in the player aid fund. Although the main tennis players already think about taking a bigger step.
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