Andy Murray has thrown his weight
behind requires a merger between the ATP and WTA, saying it is necessary
that “all individuals’s voice will get heard”.
Swiss good Roger Federer bought the ball rolling in April when he took
to Twitter to ask “Merely questioning… am I the one one pondering that now
is the time for males’s and women’s tennis to be united and will be discovered collectively
The 20-time Grand Slam winner has acquired a complete lot of assist with the
likes of Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep and Billie Jean King all backing the
The legendary King, in any case, has regularly been on the forefront of
combating for equality and via an interview with CNN’s Christiane
Amanpour, three-time Grand Slam winner Murray paid tribute to American
good King and expressed his backing for a joint tour.
“That is one issue that Billie Jean has been eager to occur for 40
to 50 years,” he advised Amanpour.
“She’s the one which principally had the
imaginative and prescient for all of this, so we now should remember that. I actually really feel it is good
if additional of the male gamers are seeing it as a constructive step for the
He added: “When you’ve gotten a complete lot of the perfect male gamers now beginning
to debate and discuss it, that is positively very promising.
“When these discussions occur it is fairly necessary not merely to see
this merger by a person’s eyes and to convey additional women into the
decision-making positions so that everybody’s voice will get heard.”
King admits there are nonetheless a number of factors that should be labored out,
however says there aren’t any factors that the WTA will be the massive loser ought to
the merger goes forward.
“I did have an opportunity to speak with Roger and he talked concerning the purpose he
even thought-about it’s on account of he lastly had some house and time to
mirror and take into accounts the game,” King talked about.
“We have now to remain
collectively as a sport.”
She added: “The WTA wouldn’t be an acquisition. We is maybe a full
accomplice on this drive to make our sport elevated and extra helpful.
“We’re hundreds stronger, as Andy talked about, if we’re collectively. We’re not
competing inside our sport like a complete lot of tennis of us suppose. Our job is
to be collectively so we’re able to compete in opposition to completely completely different leisure and
sports activities actions actions.”
– TEAMtalk media