ATP-WTA the merger of the sport to emerge stronger from Covid-19, say, the top players are

By: Reuters | Mumbai |

Posted: April 29, 2020 at 9:36:21 pm

August 7, 2019; the city of Toronto, province of Ontario, Canada; Simona Halep (Romania) respond to a third set win against Jennifer Brady (USA), during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at the Aviva Center. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Tennis may be stronger in the long-term inactivation by the novel corona virus as well as the idea of combining the men’s and women’s tours it is a reality, and as a multiple Grand Slam winners-Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova have told Reuters.

It’s tennis season, had been suspended in March, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the delay will continue until at least mid-July, when the countries have closed borders, and disappeared into the locking mechanism for the spread of the virus.

Roger Federer called for a merger of the two bodies on social media last week, with all the men on the ATP Tour President, Andrea Gaudenzi, and his wife, WTA Tour as a counterpart to Steve, Simon, both for the reception of the suggestion.

“I think that the benefits of a merger would the uniting of the sport, and to be stronger together,” a former number one, Halep said.

“If we have a product, a brand, and everyone is working together to achieve the same goals, and the future of the tennis can be very bright and after we come out of this crisis.”

Currently, TV viewers will have different pay-TV platforms in order to watch the tennis matches, and the fusion of the Tours to be able to facilitate the television contracts and sponsorships.

The men’s and women’s players will have a separate ranking system as a set of rules, including on-court coaching, they are also different.


“The men and women at the same level in the market and are being promoted in the same way, with the same opportunities, and, of course, be equal prize money to the court,” said Halep, the French Open and Wimbledon champion.

“It would be exciting to have the opportunity to work more closely together and to cooperate with the top male players.

Tennis is very popular all over the world, but that the board of directors will remain cold, with a total of seven associations in different parts of the game.

In addition to the ATP and WTA Tours, the sport is supervised by the International Tennis Federation and the council of the four Grand Slam tournaments.

“If we can find a way for men and women to work together for the better of the sport, that would be really exciting,” said Kvitova, who has twice won the World title.

“The combination of our tours are available year-round, it would, hopefully, produce a stronger, more sports, better TV coverage, more sponsors, and more importantly, to provide a better experience for the fans,” she told Reuters.

The Czech Kvitova, who rose to a career high of number two in 2011, and wants to ensure equality for women in the combined body.

“In the first place, that a merger would be a big part of the discussion, and hard work, a lot of things would have to change,” said the tall left-hander, who is currently ranked 12th.


“I think it’s a good a time as any to start that conversation, because we have this break from our to-do list… I think that the important thing is that the WTA players to be able to be a part of the discussion, because it has to come from both sides.”

At the onset of the halt in the off-season, the opportunity for governing bodies to operate in the direction of the unit, but it has also shone a light on the problems of the players in the lower ranks of the sport, and it depends on the tournament win.

The Tennis governing bodies have in recent years tried to improve the pay and terms and conditions for a deeper and deeper pool of international players as well, but it turned out not to be enough.

While tennis is a lucrative sport for those at the top – by 2020, the Australian Open singles champions each went home with A$4.12 billion ($2.69 million); – the ones that are in the lower range are often struggling to make ends meet.

The directors are of the creation of a relief fund to help the players affected by the shutdown, and the men’s No. 1 and the ATP player council, chief, Novak Djokovic, has called on fellow professionals to participate individually.

“This is an issue that we’ve had since I started playing it, and very little has been done to bring this on the trip,” said Halep, adding they will support He called.

“The Grand Slams have begun, with the change of the amount of interference and the distribution of more of the qualifying and the first round in the tournament, but in our system the RESULT of the events remain much the same.

“The tournaments are about the size of the winner’s cheque for it, and I don’t think it needs to change so that we can have more players in the future, and the growth of the sport.”

Kvitova playing Halep in mind.

“Perhaps there is a kind of employment insurance for the players, a player to a relief fund, and the other is the distribution of the prize money to help those who lose in the early rounds of the bigger events,” she said.

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