“It Will Need Some Compromise”: Roger Federer Gives Update on His ATP-WTA Merger Plan

Published 03/10/2021, 11:11 PM EST
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 05: Roger Federer during the arrival press conference in Cape Town ahead of The Match in Africa against Rafael Nadal at Cape Town International Airport on February 05, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images/Getty Images)


One of the most promising ongoing debates in tennis is Roger Federer’s proposed ATP-WTA merger plan, and the Swiss maestro has now given an update on the progress.

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Recently, the 39-year-old Swiss player completed a successful comeback after 401 days. He defeated British No. 1 Dan Evans in the opening round of Qatar Open 2021.

Post the match, the Basel-born expressed his views on the ATP-WTA merger. A while ago, Federer had suggested that the men and women tours should be combined under one single banner.

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Although some are not happy with the plan, most of the delegates are in favor of the merger. However, the conversations have been going on for as long as anyone can remember.

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To clarify things, Roger Federer opened up and illustrated just what the plan was. He also spoke about how the conversations are on but slow due to the ongoing pandemic.

Roger Federer smiles during an exhibition game between Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer at Arena Parque Roca in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

Moreover, the 20-time Grand Slam champion also said that the suggested outcome would be advantageous for the players, and it would also mean more opportunities for women tennis players.

However, the current World No. 6 mentioned that while the merger would give something, it would also ask for something in return. But from a broader perspective, it was what tennis needed to become a dynamic sport.

Roger said, “I believe it would be beneficial for both tours to be together. But I feel like it’s been put a little bit on the back-burner… It will need some compromises on both sides, but it would be a great thing for our sport.”

If the merger was to actually happen, all tennis players, from challengers to professionals, would be governed and protected under one roof.

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The return of Roger Federer at the Qatar Open 2021

With the way Federer performed, no one could believe that Federer had not played a competitive match in over 13 months. His classic backhand and swift moments yet again set the tennis court on fire.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland gestures to the spectators before hitting signed tennis balls into the stands during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Even Federer’s opponent, Dan Evans, played exceptionally well until the last game of the match. At 7-6 (10-8), 3-6, 6-5*, Evans failed to hit two easy returns, and it cost him heavily.

Further ahead, Federer will battle Nikoloz Basilashvili to reach the Qatar Open 2021 semifinals. Can the Swiss maestro win his fourth Doha title this year?

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