Swiss great Roger Federer has raised the prospect of merging the governing bodies that oversee the Association of tennis professionals (ATP) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tours.
Federer, 38-year-old believes the ATP and WTA tours mergers will be stronger from the coronavirus pandemic.
The 20-time grand-slam champion posted a series of tweets on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, expressing his belief that the sport would be better off with one stronger governing body.
The Swiss great feels that the time has come for tennis to be “united” and his idea received widespread support. Federer emphasized he was “not talking about merging competition on the court,” but rather the two governing bodies.
The professional era in tennis started in 1968, and the ATP was founded in 1972 and has run the men’s game since. The WTA was founded by Billie Jean King in 1973, uniting the women’s professional game into one tour.
All of the professional tennis has been suspended until at least mid-July because of the COVID-19 outbreak, plunging the sport into financial problems because of a loss of income from things like ticket sales and media rights.
The 38-year-old had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in February of this year. The Swiss great had planned to be sidelined for at least four months before the outbreak suspended sports around the world.
By: News Reporter