Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka says when Roger Federer proposes something everyone listens. Last week, record 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer suggested this could be the perfect time for the ATP and WTA to merge.
The 38-year-old exactly clarified what he meant when he made a public proposal.
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? — Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 22, 2020
"Roger's tweet has surprised everyone because it comes from the greatest player. In general, when he says something, it is with hindsight and a real thought," Wawrinka told L'Equipe, as revealed on We Love Tennis France.
I am not talking about merging competition on the court, but merging the 2 governing bodies (ATP and WTA) that oversee the men’s and women’s professional tours….
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 22, 2020
"When Roger speaks, it moves the lines much faster. He is on the players' council, he talks with Novak, with Rafa. But these are not discussions that are starting now. They have existed for a while within the authorities.
"It's complicated to set up and that's why it takes time. If ATP and WTA find the right formula, it can be interesting for the future of tennis." Rafael Nadal, a 19-time Grand Slam champion and one of Federer's biggest on-court rivals, agreed with the Swiss.
Hey @rogerfederer as you know per our discussions I completely agree that it would be great to get out of this world crisis with the union of men's and women's tennis in one only organisation 🎾👍🏻 https://t.co/fTCfvMiU4G — Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) April 22, 2020