Federer’s merger was demanded to increase the number of Twitter accounts, claimed a senior German tennis official.

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Retrieved 24 April 2020, 22:16 IST

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Swiss superstar Roger Federer

Roger Federer has been accused of pulling stunts to win over a new Twitter follower after proposing a merger between men’s and women’s tennis tours.

The surprising claim came from Dark Hordorf, vice-president of the German Tennis Federation (DTB), who is well known for coaching Rainer Schutler, Janko Tipsarevic and Vasek Pospisil.

This week, Federer raised the possibility of bringing both the ADP and WTA tours under the administration of a single agency, and Rafael Nadal backed him.

The Swiss great Federer, who holds the record for winning 20 men’s Grand Slam singles titles, said the merger was probably “long overdue, but now is probably the time”.

He suggested that tennis could become stronger from the coronavirus epidemic with unified leadership and had the support of all-time greats like Billy Jean King and Wimbledon champion Simona Halap.

However, as well as building a career in business and sports administration in addition to his coaching, Hudderf said Federer’s advice lacked “substance” and raised questions about his motives.

Hudderf told Status Performer: “It’s a small thought. It’s not enough. It starts with the ITF. [International Tennis Federation] And the Grand Slams you start right here.

“The integration of ATP and WTA has not solved any problem so far.

“It’s also critical to claim this in this media-free time. His Twitter account needs more followers, so he uses an offer without substance.”

“I’m in favor of discussing this whole thing with matter. But a message on Twitter can’t take it seriously.”

Federer has 12.7 million followers on Twitter, 1.5 million on ATP and 8,34,000 on WTA. Wimbledon has 3.7 million followers, more than any other Grand Slam.

Federer has gained nearly a thousand new followers since he suggested his merger on Wednesday, according to analysis from the SocialBackers website.