A few days ago, Roger Federer wrote in his Twitter account: “I wonder … am I the only one who thinks that now is the time for men’s tennis and women’s a and this together as one?” A tweet which the swiss wrote on the possible binding of ATP and the WTA in a grand Tour .
“I’m not talking about merging the competition on the pitch, but to merge the 2 agencies (ATP and WTA) that oversee the professional tours for men and women” and added: “I Probably should have happened a long time ago, but perhaps now is really the time “
“These are difficult times in all of sports and we can come out of this as two bodies weakened or a stronger body” Your first tweet garnered almost 50,000 likes, 5,000 retweets and nearly 1,500 comments.
Almost all were favorable, starting with his colleague and rival Rafael Nadal , who made clear that there had been discussions between the two about this topic. The reactions have been positive for almost all the players of the WTA.
Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Alize Cornet and others have enthusiastically embraced the idea. In contrast, Serena Williams expressed some doubts, not about the idea, but on the mode of communication. The american published a tweet in which he said that the information was confidential and, therefore, should not be shared.
Vasek Pospisil, one of the most active members of the player council, said: “Excellent idea: the ATP has been working on it since January, already anticipated this possible vision”, as if to say: “Hello, anything new!” A player that is opposed to the idea is (of course) Nick Kyrgios .
Responded to the publication of Federer with a laconic yes , suggesting that the swiss was the only one in favor of the merger. Then said: “Someone asked the majority of the ATP what you think about to fuse with the WTA and how it’s good for us?” The next day, also on Twitter, the australian said: “we should Not merge”
Kyrgios seems to express an idea quite widespread among men: on the ATP Tour, it seems to have a vague feeling that women take advantage of the attraction of men to gain visibility and profits.
It has long been questioned how much crowd and how much media coverage would have a Slam female. But in this speech you must insert the context on the equality of prize money: after decades of battle, the women will get in Slams.
Many do not agree, emphasizing the higher profits generated by the tour male, but I think that the choice of whether to have a cash prize of the same size is correct and legitimate .
The health emergency has changed the priorities, but why someone like Roger Federer chose to expose it in April 2020? Could you not have done it for 5, 10 or 15 years? Of course, a merger would certainly be good for women’s tennis, but what benefits would bring to the tennis male? I agree with Federer: how to combine the two Tours would simplify the product in general, from many points of view .
There would be a schedule common, perhaps more lightweight and more simple, that would lead to huge benefits to organizational. Then, the modalities may be discussed with several proposals. Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios are now the standard bearers of a debate that will accompany the coming months: until there are tournaments, all parties involved will have time to discuss, propose and clarify.