A few weeks ago, in full quarantine, Roger Federer wrote a post on Twitter putting forward the hypothesis of a possible merger between ATP and WTA. The idea expressed by the 20-time Slam champion has found the approval of numerous colleagues and insiders, but has also given rise to some criticism from Nick Kyrgios.
Romanian tennis player Simona Halep gave an interview to the Reuters agency, where she said what she thinks of Federer's proposal that involves uniting ATP and WTA in a single body. “(The merger) would strengthen tennis a lot because in that case we would all be united in a single institution and with much more power”, he revealed, quoted by Punto de Break.
"Having Men and Women at the same level, with the same opportunities and with the same prizes ... It would be fantastic for this to happen and for us to side with the male champions (in monetary terms)", she added. Two-time Grand Slam champion also talked about her relationship with the millionaire Toni Iuruc: "I have a dear person.
We have a normal relationship, I feel very good. But I would like it to be personal. I belong to Romania when it comes to tennis. The love and the tennis courts can match, but I think that the personal life is the most important.
I’m going out with someone and could never sacrifice my family for tennis." Halep was the WTA Most Popular Player of the Year for two consecutive years in 2014 and 2015, as well as the WTA Fan Favorite Singles Player of the Year for three consecutive years in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
She is a recipient of the Patriarchal Cross of Romania and the Order of the Star of Romania, and was named an honorary citizen of Bucharest.
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