Former World No. 4 Johanna Konta says that she supports the idea of the merger of the ATP & WTA Tours but adds that it must be a merger of equals if it were to happen. The issue came to the forefront once again when Roger Federer posted a tweet suggesting the same last month, after which several players and tennis officials expressed their support for the idea as well.
Konta, who is a member of the WTA Player Council, says, “Billie Jean King beat him [Federer] to that a long time ago. So I think it is something that has been talked about for a long time but having Roger vocalise it drew attention to it.
I definitely think in the long run it makes sense for it to be one tour, it makes logical sense but I also know there are a lot of moving parts to it, and I know there will be a lot of people who won’t want it to happen, but also a lot of people who do want it to happen”.
The Brit, however, stresses that it must be a merger of equals if it were to happen. "For me, for my comprehension, I don’t understand how it wouldn’t be of equals because if we are then talking about that, would it be us literally saying we are worth less than our male counterparts? It would have to be a merger of equals because that’s what we are.
I wouldn’t see how, right now in today’s age, it would be allowed to be called anything else”. The 29 year old adds that she is open to contesting the domestic LTA events that are being proposed in Britain as she hopes to hear more news about the resumption of the tennis circuit, which is suspended till the end of July for now.