During the long period of the lockdown, Roger Federer had launched on Twitter the idea of a merger between ATP and WTA at this very difficult time for all nations of the globe. The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who this year played only one official tournament before the double knee operation, explained how the union between the two organs that govern tennis could help the entire movement to face the consequences in the best possible way.
of the pandemic. Numerous colleagues and insiders had supported the initiative of the former world number 1, which was also applauded by his eternal rival and friend Rafael Nadal. In a recent interview with the newspaper AS, two-time Slam champion Garbine Muguruza also expressed her opinion on the topic.
The Spaniard highlighted how such a project takes time, and that it can only be implemented after completely overcoming the Coronavirus emergency.
Garbine Muguruza on Roger Federer's idea
"It took a pandemic to finally introduce this issue, but it will take a long time for any merger to take place.
It would be positive if the denomination of all the tournaments were unified," said the former world no. 1, who is currently in Marbella to prepare for 2021. The process has already begun, but we will have to wait for the crisis to end.
soften before sinking the blow. My fear, to tell the truth, is that when everything returns to normal the issue will be a bit forgotten," added the 27-year-old of Venezuelan origin. Muguruza is really motivated for the start of the season, made even more special by the Tokyo Olympics.
"The luck of the tennis players is that we have a lot of tournaments on the calendar, so you don't have to prepare specifically for the Games. For us, it is as if it were always an Olympics, especially when we play the Grand Slams.
Everyone hopes that this year it will be possible to organize them, otherwise they would risk definitive cancellation. I dream of playing mixed doubles with Rafael Nadal," concluded Garbine. Throughout history, there have been and there are several tennis players who have returned to play after becoming mothers, the most famous example being Serena Williams but there are also Kim Clijsters or Victoria Azarenka.
Garbine Muguruza, on the other hand, sees it this way: "No, in my case it won't happen even if I don't want to say it officially from now. I don't really see myself (playing) after having children. The day I become a mother I see myself in a new phase of my life and I think pregnancy also affects a tennis player's body a lot."