“Can’t Really Comment”: Kevin Anderson on Roger Federer’s ATP-WTA Merger Plan

Published 01/14/2021, 1:37 PM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary on day seven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


The ATP-WTA merger is one of the hot topics around which multiple discussions are taking place these days. Proposed by Roger Federer for the ease of administration, different players are expressing their opinions on the subject today. Recently, former World No.5 Kevin Anderson also spoke on the matter.

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“There’s been no real discussions on that (a merger). I don’t really have too much to discuss on that because it’s not been something that’s really been on the table,” said Anderson in a recent interview.

Although Anderson believed that the merger was not an important matter, he seemed in favour of it. He highlighted that working together was really important in any sport. However, he also said that he was unaware about its several other details.

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“I mean, other than just a sort of vague notion, there would be a lot of details that everyone would have to work out. Obviously the sport is strongest when everybody works together,” added the South African.

Kevin Anderson refuses to comment on the ATP-WTA merger plan initiated by Roger Federer

Rafael Nadal and Kevin Anderson pose during the trophy ceremony after their Men’s Singles Finals match. Rafael Nadal defeated Kevin Anderson in the third set with a score of 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Anderson emphasized that he had heard about the ATP‘s new project of working with different entities including the WTA. However, he refused to support or oppose the merger as he didn’t know about its logistical and business angle.

“I can’t really comment on what it looks like from a logistical and a business standpoint. I know that part of (ATP) management’s new plan is to work together with these separate entities. From an ATP perspective, obviously, the WTA is a huge partner. So, that’s something that really needs to be looked at carefully,” continued the 34-year player.

The South African also revealed that the players hadn’t had any conversation with the ATP or WTA about the merger till then.

“I don’t know if that (merger talk) was something that some players wanted to chat (about) but maybe the pandemic sidetracked people. As of now, that’s not a conversation we’ve had internally with ATP or any conversations with the WTA either,” concluded Anderson.

There have been two sides in the tennis world on the issue so far. While Rafael Nadal and the WTA Chief have backed Roger Federer, players like Garbine Muguruza believes that it will be challenging to achieve the goal. Will Federer and company make this merger a reality?

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