Is The ATP & WTA Merging - WTA ATP Merger details Mens & Womens Tennis

The Future of The ATP & The WTA Together?

 

Since March 12, there is no tennis being played out on the tour. (Only The Tennis Point Exhibition Series is going on. Coronavirus pandemic has bound almost everyone and has kept people at home. Players have locked themselves up inside and there is nothing much to do except to be active on social media. Since lockdowns are in effect in most of the countries, players have been calling each other, challenging each other, sharing their times and sharing their activities.

In the meantime, Roger Federer has opened up a new debate in the social media. It’s about the merger of ATP & WTA governing bodies. In is Twitter account, Federer wrote:

“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?”

Immediately, fans and players started to react and most of the comments have come in support of the 20-time Grand Slam champion. Federer also said:

“I am picturing a merger between the WTA and ATP. 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 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 two weakened bodies or one stronger body.”

He said, “The current system was too confusing for the fans when there are different ranking systems, different logos, different websites, different tournament categories".

Since then, many players have raised their voices in the matter.

Judy Murray (Andy Murrays Mom & Coach)

She reposted a #strongertogether hashtag, which depicts her support of the merger. She has long been in support of mens and womens tennis being equal. She is also a big supporter of having more women coaches for The ATP. After all she did coach her son to world number 1, 2 Gold Medals, and 3 Grand Slams. 

Billie Jean King (The Founder of The WTA)

She Tweeted, "I agree, and have been saying so since the early 1970s. One voice, women and men together, has long been my vision for tennis. The WTA on its own was always Plan B. I'm glad we are on the same page. Let's make it happen. #OneVoice".
“I did have a chance to talk with Roger and he said the reason he even thought about this is because he finally had some space and time to reflect and think about the sport,' King said. 'We have to stay together as a sport”.
Billie Jean has been a pioneer in Women's Tennis for as long as anyone can remember. She also helped to start World Team Tennis which involves mens and womens tennis and legends like John McEnroe. This is would be a dream of Billie Jean King to see the WTA and ATP Merge. 

Rafael Nadal

“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 organization.”

Andy Murray

Two-time Olympic champion has also spoke in favor of the Swiss and he argued that majority of the top players will support the idea of the merger of ATP & WTA.
Speaking to CNN, Murray said: “When you have a lot of the top male players now starting to discuss and talk about it, that's definitely very promising.”
“When these discussions happen it's quite important not just to see this merger through a man's eyes and to bring more women into the decision-making positions so that everyone's voice gets heard.'”
He also said that there might be some resistance to the idea, “I spoke to some of the male players... who were unhappy because the prize money was equal and I said "well would you rather there was no increase at all?" And they said to me "Yeah, actually". That's some of the mentalities that you're working with in these discussions.”
But he couldn't convicne everyone. There were still some unhappy players like bad boy Nick Kyrgios.

Nick Kyrgrios - Not in Favor of The Merger

Nick Kyrgios is the most high-profile athlete who has so far rejected the idea of the merger of ATP & WTA. In response to Federer, Kyrgios wrote on Twitter, “Did anyone ask the majority of the ATP what they about merging with the WTA and how good it is for us?”. He further added, “We shouldn't merge”.
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