Nick Kyrgios seemingly took a sarcastic shot at the rumors of a possible ATP and WTA merger after Iga Swiatek pleaded to Mexican fans to come to watch the WTA Finals in Cancun. After claiming a 7-6 (3) 6-0 win over Marketa Vondrousova in her WTA Finals opener, four-time Grand Slam champion Swiatek shared that she wasn't really satisfied with the number of people in the stands.
In September, The Telegraph reported that the ATP and WTA would meet later that month in London to discuss a potential merger. "I hope for the next matches we can make the stadium full, because there are many empty seats. Guys, please come and watch our game.
We are giving 100% in every match," Swiatek said at the WTA Finals, via Relevant Tennis. Kyrgios responded to Swiatek's comments by cryptically writing: "Merger."
‘Merger’ — Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) October 31, 2023
Kyrgios joked after the rumors of a possible ATP-WTA merger
After reading about The Telegraph's report from September, Kyrgios jokingly wrote: "Does that mean we merge the draws?????" In a follow-up post, Kyrgios wrote: "Genuine question."
When the pandemic started in 2020, Roger Federer felt it was a great time to start a discussion about a possible ATP-WTA merger. “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 picturing a merger between the WTA and ATP.
Genuine question — Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) September 4, 2023
I am not talking about merging competition on the court, but merging the two governing bodies [ATP and WTA] that oversee the men’s and women’s professional tours. It probably should have happened a long time ago, but maybe now is really the time.
These are tough times in every sport and we can come out of this with two weakened bodies or one stronger body,"Federer wrote on X during the pandemic in 2020. At the time, Kyrgios responded to Federer's comments by asking: “Did anyone ask the majority of the ATP what they think about merging with the WTA and how it is good for us?"