Tennis Association (WTA) chief Steve Women Simon said a merger with the ATP men “makes all the sense in the world,” but he would not take the form of an “acquisition”.
The tennis season was suspended in March due to the pandemic Covid-19 and the gap will continue at least until mid-July, depriving the lower level players that depend solely on gains tournaments the chance to earn a living.
Roger Federer called for a merger between the two governing bodies last month, both Simon and ATP tour president Andrea Gaudenzi welcoming the proposal.
But some top WTA players have said they want a level playing field for players of women in a combined body.
“This is not an acquisition” WTA chief executive, said Simon.
“This is about either tour by taking the territory.
” Right now we’re competing against ourselves, and all other leagues and entertainment properties. We compete for fans, partners, sponsorships, and the dissemination and data, so that the alignment allows you to total assets. “
as many as seven associations run different parts of the sport in the world .
In addition to the ATP and WTA tennis is also controlled by the International Tennis Federation and the advice of the four Grand Slam tournaments.
Currently viewers need different platforms payan TVyou to watch the tennis matches and a merger of Towers could simplify contracts television and sponsorship deals.
men and players have a separate women filing system so that certain rules, including coaching in court, are also different
“I am not afraid of the complete merger , I have never been “. Simon.
“I would certainly be the first to support it, because I think then you really the company and the strategic principles all lined up, which is what you need to do.
“It is obvious that it is a long and winding road to get there, but I think it’s all the sense in the world.
“This is an attempt to save the WTA. We’re fine, mays look, if we do the thing right business and we will finally put sport together, I think the WTA would be very supportive of this concept. “
Simon said it was a” one time “to court.
” the crisis and challenges can sometimes provide an opportunity as well, “he added. [123 ]
“there will not Shordes accountants, tax attorneys floor, lawyers and everyone who is involved with it. It will take time, but conceptually, it may not take as long.
“If you agree on the goal, you can generally get things done faster. “
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