Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal on Wednesday echoed with Swiss tennis maestro Roger Federer in forming a unified governing body for the men’s and women’s tennis players.
On Wednesday Roger Federer suggested the idea of a merger of ATP and WTA. Roger tweeted, ” 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?”
Unlike many sports tennis has two different governing bodies. The Association of Tennis Professional (ATP) for men’s players and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) looks after the female players.
In reply to Roger Federer, the Swiss tennis player Nadal tweeted that, ” 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 organisation.”
Additionally, Federer explained that the coronavirus outbreak taught the world to show unity and this merger should have happened much before.
“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 2 weakened bodies or 1 stronger body, ” Federer replied to a fan who opposed the idea.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion idea also supported by Romanian tennis player Simona Halep and former world number one Billie Jean.
” 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 always planned B, I’m glad we are on the same page. Let’s make it happen, ” Billie Jean tweeted.
The tennis season has been canceled due to coronavirus outbreak and many organized tournaments are either postponed or suspended. Since the second world war, this is the first time Wimbledon cancelled.