During the period in which tennis was stopped in 2020 due to the lockdown Roger Federer had launched through his Twitter profile the idea of a merger between the ATP and WTA federations, a useful situation in a difficult time for the whole globe.
. The 20-time Grand Slam title winner had only one official tournament in 2020 before a double knee surgery that stopped him for several months and forced him to miss several tournaments. Federer has made it clear that a union between the two governing bodies of tennis can help the entire movement deal with the consequences in the best possible way regarding this dramatic pandemic.
Numerous colleagues and insiders have supported the initiative of the former world number one, also praised by his great rival (and friend) Rafael Nadal. In an interview with tennismajors.com, the 35-year-old Kevin Anderson revealed that while he still heads the 12-member body, it will soon elect a new president.
He said that a new Council, of which he is still a member, was elected a couple of weeks ago, which will debate and decide on his successor to the post of president.
Anderson on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
On whether the presence of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray, with a combined tally of 43 Grand Slam titles, could, in any way, impair the Council’s functioning and its effort to pick a new president, the veteran South African said that the big names, with all their experience and inputs, could help the Council reach consensus on matters through healthy discussions.
“I think how it’s worked in the past, people who are interested will sort of put their names forward. And I think it’s been a good healthy discussion on what the players think and who’s on the Council,” Kevin Anderson said.
“Obviously there are some really big names on our Council (Federer, Nadal and Murray). I guess we’ll have to have conversations to see what makes the most sense”. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 Australian Open had to implement strict rules.
However, nobody knew how strict these rules were until a recent incident took place. Players on 2 charter flights to Melbourne were quarantined after some passengers tested positive for COVID-19. They are not going to be able to train for 2 weeks which is not good as the event starts on February 8th.
Every player who was quarantined is certainly not happy about this decision and some expressed their outrage on Twitter. The player who began this was World No. 28 Yulia Putintseva who said that she was not informed about this rule.