TENNIS: Roger Federer calls for the merger of ATP & WTP Tours amid the Coronavirus

Swiss Maestro Roger Federer on Wednesday called for a merger of the ATP and WTP tour as Tennis World continues to suffer from the Coronavirus. The Coronavirus has forced the shutdown of lower-level professionals’ income causing them a deep financial crisis. The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women’s Tennis Associations (WTA) are two separate governing bodies for Men’s and Women’s Tennis. 

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Roger Federer has come up with an opinion of merging both the entities. The ATP and WTP closely work together on the rules of the game and the anti-doping framework and regulations. 

Federer took to his twitter account as he voiced his opinion as the 20-time Grand Slam wondered if it was the right time for the two organisations to be united as tennis deals. 

“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?” Federer said on Twitter. 

The Swiss maestro also suggested that the merger should have had happened a long time ago in order to the save cost for the Governing bodies. Adding to his statement Federer said that it is the best time to unite as one “strong” organization. 

“These are tough times in every sport and we can come out of this with two weakened bodies or one stronger body,” he said in another tweet.

The entire season was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shutdown will continue at least until mid-July. Wimbledon Open was called off and the French Open has been moved to the September window.