On Wednesday, Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer sparked up a major storm in the tennis world by posting an idea on his Twitter account that the ATP & WTA Tours should be merged. The reactions were mostly positive with the likes of Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Billie Jean King supporting the Swiss superstar.
Federer's counterpart in the modern women's game, Serena Williams posted her own response on Twitter but shortly after deleted the same. However, it was online long enough for the image of her tweet to be captured.
Serena Williams, who played Federer in an exciting clash at the 2019 Hopman Cup, commented, "Ummm that was confidential and not supposed to be shared yet…”. Soon after, Williams, who is known to be very vocal about her views, deleted the tweet.
The ATP & WTA Tour chiefs have also backed the proposal, saying that they have been collaborating in recent weeks on issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.
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
Tennis Australia has also backed Federer´s suggestions. Federer and Williams are among the biggest superstars in the game today - Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles - the most by any male tennis player in history - and Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles - second only to Margaret Court who has 24.