Recently, 20 time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer suggested that the ATP & WTA Tours should be merged, an idea that received support from several players including Rafael Nadal, Billie Jean King, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova.
However, Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur says the merger should only be considered if it would be a merger of equals.
Ons Jabeur says the WTA Tour is doing a good job
Ons Jabeur, who is currently ranked a career-high No. 39 in the world, says she feels that the WTA Tour is doing a good job currently and the merger between the two bodies should only be considered if it is a merger of equals.
Speaking to the Gulf News, "I think we should look at the sport in a whole new perspective.
We have to see if women’s players will have their rights when they combine the two tours. Honestly, it is two different bodies and that’s the way things should be. I am really not sure how it is going to work, if at all they decide the merge.
The WTA is trying to work out several things, including equal prize money, and they are going in the right direction. I think we need to need to study the pros and the cons. The WTA has done well to establish a good level for women’s tennis, and I feel they are doing a great job”.
Ons Jabeur became the first Arab woman to reach quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament at this year's Australian Open and is also the highest-ranked Arab player in WTA history. She is the also first Arab player to win a junior Grand Slam singles title since Ismail El Shafei won the Wimbledon boys' title in 1964. Jabeur was named the Arab Woman of the Year in sport in 2019.