Former world No. 7 Thomas Johansson admits he was a bit surprised when he saw Roger Federer's proposal to merge the ATP and WTA. Recently, former world No. 1 Federer great called for the ATP and WTA to use this time and merge.
Johansson, the 2002 Australian Open champion, thinks it was an interesting proposal but he would like to see the benefits for each party before anyone makes the final decision. 19-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal was one of the first player to back up Federer's proposal.
"It's tough to say because I was to be deadly honest, I got a little bit surprised by his comment. But at the same time I think the idea isn't bad -- but if you are going to merge, it would be interesting to see the benefits for first of all.
I mean, for us, but also for the women," Johansson told Todd Woodbridge on Tennis Legends in Lockdown. "So I've got a lot of questions on Twitter and Thomas what do you think about what Roger said, what Rafa actually said as well.
But for me, I feel like our Tour is doing quite well. To merge, I would love to see the, you know, the benefits of us doing that."
Former #AusOpen champion Thomas Johansson discusses a possible ATP/WTA merger, coaching @David__Goffin, and his remarkable 2002 victory in Melbourne.
Full interview with @tompatennis 👉 https://t.co/Fv0Rn87LPi pic.twitter.com/fjFPONT6RY — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) May 20, 2020