Andy Murray encouraged the discussion of ATP-WTA affiliation

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Retrieved 02 May 2020, 18:16 IST

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Andy Murray

Andy Murray believes there is strong support among the top players on the ATP Tour for his association with the WTA.

Roger Federer tweeted his support for a consolidated tennis tour last month amid a carnavirus-enforced major sports strike.

Rafael Nadal immediately backed the Swiss star and another supporter of the idea, Murray, encouraged discussion, although he insisted that female players should also be listened to.

The two-time Wimbledon winner told CNN, “It’s certainly very promising when you start talking and talking about a lot of top male players now.”

“It’s important not just to look at this addition through a man’s eyes when these discussions happen, but to bring more women into the decision-making position so that everyone’s voice can be heard.”

Murray, previously coached by Emily Mauresmo, has long been in favor of the women’s sport, but also explains that there are still challenges in changing some people’s attitudes.

“I’ve talked to some male players … who were dissatisfied with the prize money being equal,” he said.

“I said, ‘Well what are you saying?’ And they said to me, ‘Yes, really.’

“That’s the mentality you’re working on in this discussion.”