“The Issue Will be Forgotten”- Garbine Muguruza on Roger Federer’s ATP-WTA Merger




There has been a debate going on whether there should be a merger of the ATP and the WTA or not. Roger Federer first called for such a merger recently claiming that it was high time that such a thing should take place.

Roger Federer earlier said that it would easy administration for the 2 governing bodies. Federer argued that it was the perfect time to do so as it could make things easy for both the organizers and the players.

Recently, former World No.1 Garbine Muguruza also commented on the matter.  The Spanish player believed that such a process would take place only after a long time.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain waves to the camera after winning the second round Ladies Singles match against Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine on Day 3 of 2017 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open at Optics Valley International Tennis Center on September 26, 2017, in Wuhan, China. (Photo by Yifan Ding/Getty Images)

“There had to be a pandemic for this conversation to start, but I think it will take a long time for the union to take place. It is good that the denomination of the category of the tournaments is unified,” said Muguruza.

Garbine Muguruza didn’t say anything clearly on the issue. However, she made it clear that she would feel quite good if such a merger takes place.

“Will be forgotten”- Garbine Muguruza believes the matter raised by Roger Federer will lose its essence after sometime

Many people including the WTA Chief Steve Simon and Rafael Nadal have backed the proposal of Roger Federer. However, Muguruza added that the matter would soon lose its essence as people would forget about it.

Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain returns the ball during her Women’s Singles first-round match against Nao Hibino of Japan on Day Two of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

“The process has started. But I think that when the current situation passes, everything will return to normal and the issue will be forgotten a bit,” added the 27-year Spanish player.

Muguruza argued that the process had started but it would only come into action once the coronavirus pandemic gets over. However, she highlighted that it could come into existence one day when everything would turn back to normal.

Many experts are also arguing over the practicality and power-sharing formula of such a merger. Will the ATP and the WTA really merge one day?

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