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Roger Federer suggests merger of women's and men's governing bodies

REUTERS
Published Apr 22, 2020, 6:23 pm IST
Updated Apr 22, 2020, 6:23 pm IST
With both the Tours going through difficult times, Federer feels it is the right time to merge the governing bodies
Roger Federer of Switzerland. AP Photo
 Roger Federer of Switzerland. AP Photo

London: Roger Federer on Wednesday called for a merger with the ATP Tour of the WTA, which runs the women's circuit, as tennis wades through a lengthy coronavirus shutdown with lower-level professionals in deep financial crisis.

"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?" the winner of 20 Grand Slam singles titles said on Twitter.

 

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?

"I am not talking about merging competition on the court, but merging the 2 governing bodies (ATP and WTA) that oversee the men's and women's professional tours ..."

The tennis season was suspended in March due to the Covid19 pandemic and the shutdown will continue at least until mid-July, depriving lower-level players, who depend solely on tournament winnings, of the chance to earn a living.

 

The men's ATP Tour, the WTA, along with the International Tennis Federation and organisers of the four Grand Slams, are creating a fund to help the lower-level players affected by the shutdown.

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