Barbara Rittner: It is time that the ITF, the WTA and the ATP finally move together


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Barbara Rittner: It is time that the ITF, the WTA and the ATP finally move together

Germany's national coach Barbara Rittner says the latest crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting confusion about the tour schedules has further exposed the need for solidarity among tennis' governing bodies - the ITF, the ATP & the WTA Tours.

Speaking to the Tennis Magazin, Rittner says, "It is time that the tours of the ITF, the WTA and the ATP finally move together. It is about working out the calendar for the time, if it goes on, together meaningfully -Meaning for the players, the sponsors and tournaments.

" Rittner says the decision by the French Open to move their tournament to September will have to make the tournament organizers sit down and rethink the tournament calendar for the rest of the season. "(It is) time to rethink the tournament calendar.

If everything is now mixed up, those responsible may sit down together at one table and create something that makes more sense for the players. Everyone has to be put back in the realignment. You can't always have everything.

It's about being considerate. Everyone has to act responsibly, this is the only way we can make it through the crisis together." Speaking about the financial impact of the crisis on the tennis players, Rittner says everyone would need to be mindful of the impact on players, officials and others.

“I can handle not earning two or three months, which can now be the case because I work on a fee basis. Others do less - and you can't close your eyes to that." Rittner is the captain of the German Fed Cup team.

Her career-high singles ranking was No. 24 in the world, achieved in February 1993. As a junior, she won the 1991 Wimbledon Championships