Nick Kyrgios succinctly stated “we shouldn’t merge” on Twitter after Roger Federer called for the ATP and WTA to unify under one governing body.
On Wednesday, Federer said “it is time for men’s and women’s tennis to be united” – a notion Kyrgios initially appeared to agree with, although his simple “yes” reply could now be interpreted as stating the Swiss is in fact the only person thinking about a merger.
Kyrgios then said he is opposed to merging the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), although he did not elaborate in his tweet on Thursday morning.
“We can come out of this with two weakened bodies or one stronger body,” said Federer on Wednesday, who also said that it “probably should have happened a long time ago”.
Federer added: “I am not talking about merging competition on the court but merging the two governing bodies that oversee the men’s and women’s professional tours.
Rafa Nadal, Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza were among the players agreeing with what Federer had to say.
Nadal replied to his great rival: “As you know per our discussions I completely agree that it would be great to get out of this world crisis with the union of men’s and women’s tennis in one organisation.”