Tennis

Federer receives support for urging tennis to unify during crisis

The 20-time grand slam champion posted his thoughts on social media Wednesday, prompting a number of high-profile stars to publicly agree with the Swiss. "Am I the only one thinking that now is the time for men's and women's tennis to be united and come together as one?" he asked on Twitter. Federer continued to clarify his position in a series of tweets that followed."I am not talking about merging competition on the court, but merging the 2 governing bodies (ATP and WTA) that oversee the men's and women's professional tours," he wrote. "It probably should have happened a long time ago, but maybe now is really the time."Adding: "It's too confusing for the fans when there are different ranking systems, different logos, different websites, different tournament categories."READ: Murray predicts tennis will be 'one of the last sports to get back to normality'

'Working together'

The notion of merging the two governing bodies has been mooted for some time, with Canadian player and ATP Player Council member Vasek Pospisil confirming the vision of a possible merger had been brought forward in January last year.Both the WTA and ATP appear open to working more closely together, with the latter keen to create unity. "Recent cooperation between governing bodies has only strengthened my belief that a unified sport is the surest way to maximize our potential and to deliver an optimal experience for fans on-site, on television and online," said ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi, in a statement sent to CNN Sport. "To that end, I welcome the views of our players. Tennis has always led the way when it comes to putting men and women together on the biggest stages — it's one of our strengths and sets us apart from many other sports."Meanwhile, the WTA chairman and CEO Steve Simon said he was keen to continue discussions with the ATP. "I have long stated that we are at our best as a sport when we can work together, and the recent weeks have highlighted that fact," he said in a statement.In addition to the ATP and WTA, tennis is also controlled by the International Tennis Federation and boards of all four grand slams — Wimbledon, the Australian Open, the US Open and the French Open. Read More – Source