Roger Federer’s ATP-WTA surprise merger plan receives a warm welcome | sport


Roger Federer’s surprise suggestion that the governing bodies that have managed men’s and women’s tennis separately for decades should merge to guide the game through the global health crisis and beyond has, as one would expect, received warm approval.

However, while the combination of the different classification systems, timetables and rules of ATP and WTA is superficially attractive, considerable political obstacles remain. Existing hierarchies will take a bit of persuasion to vote out of office, to begin with, regardless of passing comments from a universally admired game legend who has won 20 majors and whose opinion probably carries more weight than that from any other player.


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