Wimbledon set to join other Grand Slams in a runaway ‘Super Tour’ that will snatch premier events from the WTA and ATP

This drastic change in the tennis season could change a lot of things, and the Saudi Arabian investment also plays a huge part in this sudden inclusion.


Wimbledon set to join other Grand Slams in a runaway ‘Super Tour’ that will snatch premier events from the WTA and ATP

Wimbledon Park (Image via Sports Illustrated)

The sport is changing drastically as time passes, with new forms of tournaments and new tours being added to the season. However, a new change has been rumored in the last few days about the oldest tournament in the history of tennis. 

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Wimbledon is reportedly rumored to club up with the other three Grand Slams, thereby forming a ‘Super Tour’ in the course of the season.

This drastic change in the tennis season could change a lot of things, and the Saudi Arabian investment also plays a huge part in this sudden inclusion. With the direction the sport is currently going, it will not be long until ATP and WTA are completely broken down by the Saudi upliftment. Currently, there are nine Masters competitions, and rumors persist that these events are on the way to being bought by four Slams. 

This in turn will leave ATP and WTA to host only the 250 and 500 events, along with the year-end finals. There are also plans for a new tournament to be introduced in the seasonal calendar, which is set to be hosted by Saudi Arabia.

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This new model has hugely impacted the schedule that sports like Formula 1 follow and could also impact players outside the Top 50.

How Saudi Arabian investment could lead to disruption of the tennis industry?

With the Saudi Arabian investment entering the scene, tennis is not in good hands, according to many pundits. The Grand Slams are currently organized and managed by the ITF, and the year-long different tour events fall under the management of ATP and WTA.

However, despite the Grand Slams falling under the ITF, they are managed by their selective regional entities, but with the Saudi invasion, things could get clumsier from here on.

Logos of WTA, ITF, ATP, and Tennis Europe. (credits: RFET)

While some have hugely criticized the new policies of Saudi investment, players such as Nick Kyrgios and Ons Jabeur have spoken highly of the new model. Kyrgios talked about how players could now finally get enough chances and expressed his excitement. Jabeur expressed his joy over the rights of female players being valued hugely in the new policies of Saudi investment strategies. 

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