Roger Federer launched the idea of a merger between the ATP and WTA, the men’s and women’s tennis circuits, on Wednesday.
“I’m not talking about a merger on the court, I’m talking about a merger between the two bodies (ATP and WTA) that run the men’s and women’s professional circuits. It’s too confusing for the fans to have different ranking systems, different logos, different websites, different tournament categories,” added the player, who has 20 Grand Slam titles to his name.
I am picturing a merger between the WTA and ATP 🤝 https://t.co/qB7oGEhikN
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 22, 2020
“Times are tough in all sports.”
“It probably should have happened a long time ago, but maybe now is really the time,” Federer, 38, continues. “Times are tough in all sports and you can come out of them with two weakened bodies or one strengthened one.
The ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) was founded in 1972, while the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) came into being a year later.