Roger Federer sparked a conversation with some tweets he posted suggesting that the governing bodies for men and women tennis should merge; the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Each of these governing bodies have their own ranking system, disciplinary systems, tournament categories and more. The ATP was created solely for men in 1972 while the WTA was founded shortly after in 1973.
Although Federer’s original tweet received some positive responses, some say that he backtracked by later tweeting that he was not advocating for the merger of on field competition.
His correction caught the attention of those who remembered a statement he made during an interview at the 2019 Australian Open, where he stated how he did not understand how the merger of the two governing bodies would change anything. Could the shutdown caused by COVID-19, and the fear of how business will survive, be the cause for Federer’s change of heart?
Currently there are no co-ed professional sports teams. The question is, should there be, and should tennis be the sport to start the trend?