World No. 5 Elina Svitolina and Spain's Feliciano Lopez agree that it is the right time to merge the ATP & WTA Tours, as suggested by Swiss superstar Roger Federer on his social media account last week. The pair were speaking on the Tennis Legend’s Vodcast show with hosts Boris Becker and Mats Wilander.
The Ukrainian player commented, “We are getting updates pretty much every other day: we have meetings, like tomorrow, we have a big meeting – and for sure, as you mentioned earlier, we will talk about what Roger [Federer] and Rafa [Nadal] proposed, to join [Tours].
I think this is the right thing to do for both and it’s the right time to do it, because in this difficult time it’s really tough to predict, and there are a lot of talks going on, about the tournaments, the cancellations.
I think a lot of it will depend on the countries, and it’s very tough to predict what is going to happen. But, I think, in the tennis world everyone should just unite and that’s my opinion”. Lopez, who is also a Tournament Director at the Madrid Masters this week, commented, "Well, I think there is a lot going on at the moment.
So far we are waiting for the US Open to make an announcement and, as you know, the French Open is supposed to be played in September. I think it is true that this is the moment to unite forces, I agree, and to have everyone together.
I think this is our main goal right now in tennis. Spekaing about the return of the tennis circuit, which is currently suspended till mid-July at least, Lopez says everyone needs to be patient. "Right now, we are waiting.
The situation is really different, because right now we cannot make any plans. It’s day-by-day, and we have to be really patient. There is nothing we can do; we have to wait. I am not very positive to be honest, I told Boris [Becker] that we need the world to be open until this is happening. I don’t see the Tour resuming."