Tennis fans around the world might see the fusion of the two seperate entities that govern the game after Roger Federer called for a merger between the Women’s Tennis Associations (WTA) and the Association of tennis professionals (ATP).
On competitive matters such as anti-doping and rules, both bodies work in tandem with a few top level combined competition on the tennis calendar like The Indian wells, Miami and Madrid even though the tour is made up of separate tournaments.
The result is different calendars, tour dates, different partners, sponsors and business relationships. The Swiss maestro feels it will be in the best interest of the sport, should both bodies merge considering they currently have different ranking and revenue distribution system.
In a tweet that has left fans somewhat bemused, Federer said “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?”
He however justified his tweet by clarifying his stance on a merger. He further stated that he is not referring to an on court merger like the Hopman cup but a global tennis organization.
The Swiss International also opined that the merger, should it happen might be a bit confusing for lovers of the game with different ranking systems, different logos, “different websites and different tournament logos.”
Roger Federer noted that the merger should have happened a long time ago saying “…..these are tough times in every sport and we can come out of this with 2 weakened bodies or 1 stronger body.”