Following Federer’s unification request, ATP chief Gaudenzi said the tours could work together.


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The Indian Wells event was called for ATP and WTA stars in March

ATP chairman Andre Goudenzi said the improved relationship arising from the Carnavirus crisis could lead to the transformation of tennis.

Roger Federer suggested a merger between the ATP and the WTA, which run tours for men and women, respectively, and Goudenzi would encourage the game.

Although former touring goudenzi has left no stone unturned, he believes that all teams, including the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the Grand Slam, can learn from recent experience.

Gaudenzi says: “Managing the current situation is extremely complex, especially due to the nature of our calendar, the nature of our business.

“But I am naturally optimistic and I try to look at the positive side which has become a great collaboration with other Grand Slams and the WTA and ITF.

“So all the organizations are coming together and discussing the calendar, the way forward, player relief and much more.

“So it could have positive consequences, eventually the tennis steering committee and the Grand Slams will come together and work together in the long-term future of the sport.”

Federer had a mixed reaction on Wednesday.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner said of the possible attachment: “It should have been a long time ago, but now is probably the time.”

Writing on Twitter, Federer added: “These are tough times in every sport and we can get out of this with two weak nations or one strong body.”

The tennis tour should have lasted until mid-July in the early days, the French Open was moved to early September and the Wimbledon was canceled.