Andy Murray has thrown his weight
behind calls for a merger between the ATP and WTA, saying it's important
that "everyone's voice gets heard".
Swiss great Roger Federer got the ball rolling in April when he took
to Twitter to ask "Just wondering... am I the only one thinking that now
is the time for men's and women's tennis to be united and come together
The 20-time Grand Slam winner has received a lot of support with the
likes of Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep and Billie Jean King all backing the
The legendary King, of course, has always been at the forefront of
fighting for equality and during an interview with CNN's Christiane
Amanpour, three-time Grand Slam winner Murray paid tribute to American
great King and expressed his backing for a joint tour.
"This is something that Billie Jean has been wanting to happen for 40
to 50 years," he told Amanpour.
"She's the one that really had the
vision for all of this, so we need to remember that. I think it's great
if more of the male players are seeing it as a positive step for the
He added: "When you have a lot of the top male players now starting
to discuss and talk about it, that's definitely very promising.
"When these discussions happen it's quite important not just to see
this merger through a man's eyes and to bring more women into the
decision-making positions so that everyone's voice gets heard."
King admits there are still a few things that need to be worked out,
but says there are no concerns that the WTA will be the big loser should
the merger goes ahead.
"I did have a chance to talk with Roger and he said the reason he
even thought about this is because he finally had some space and time to
reflect and think about the sport," King said.
"We have to stay
together as a sport."
She added: "The WTA would not be an acquisition. We'd be a full
partner in this drive to make our sport better and more valuable.
"We are much stronger, as Andy said, if we're together. We're not
competing within our sport like a lot of tennis people think. Our job is
to be together so we can compete against other entertainment and
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