founder WTA Billie Jean King and Rafael Nadal led a wave of support Thursday at the suggestion of Roger Federer that “it is time” to merge the governing bodies are men and female, while tennis is at a standstill because of the pandemic coronavirus.
Federer, winner of a record 20 Grand Slam crowns of the men said a merger of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and Association of Men of Tennis Professionals (ATP ) “probably should have happened a long time” in a series of tweets.
The idea of the great Swiss for a “body stronger” received an enthusiastic response the king, Nadal and leading women players such as former champions Simona Halep WimbledonPetra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza, but controversial Australian nick kyrgios expressed reservations.
“I was wondering … am I alone in thinking that the time has come for men and women’s tennis to be united and come together as one? “Federer asked her 12.7 million Twitter followers.
Trailblazer King, who was instrumental in establishing the WTA in 1973, said that such a merger “has long been my vision for tennis.”
“I agree, and have been saying since the early 1970s a voice, women and men together … Let the make it happen” she tweeted.
Nadal, who has 19 grand Slam titles, posted, “I quite agree that it would be great to get out of this global crisis withUnion of men and women’s tennis in one organization. “
Federer and Nadal have argued that a merger could help tennis to recover from the coronavirus stop, which voirn Wimbledon canceled for the first time since World War II and the French Open postponed may to late September.
“it should probably happened a long time, but it is perhaps really time,” Federer wrote. “These are difficult times in all sports and we can out of this with 2 body weakened or 1 body stronger. “
he said that the current system was” too confusing for the fans when there are different grading systems, different logos, different sites, different categories tournament.”
World No. 2 and Wimbledon champion has agreed Halep, tweeting that Federer was” not alone “think along these lines, while Muguruza added:” Yes, a good idea. “
But Kyrgios said he was still convinced, adding that players should be Consulted.
” Did anyone ask the majority of the ATP, that they think of the merger with the WTA and how it is good for us? “tweeted the world No.40, known for his outspokenness.
Three-time Grand Slam winner Stanislas Wawrinka claimed topic has already been discussed by President ATP Andrea Gaudenzi.
“It was not just a comment like that, we talk more behind it. Gaudenzi to ATP was already talking about it “, he said thegolds direct Instagram with 18 Grand Slam champion Chris Evert.