“Roger Federer Started The Ball Rolling With His Splendid Idea” – Boris Becker

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Six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker gives a thumbs up for the unification of men and women’s tennis tour. Roger Federer floated the idea a while ago via Twitter. Right now, ATP and WTA work as two different organizations. If the two tracks run under a single name, the prize money given the men and…

Six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker gives a thumbs up for the unification of men and women’s tennis tour. Roger Federer floated the idea a while ago via Twitter. Right now, ATP and WTA work as two different organizations.

If the two tracks run under a single name, the prize money given the men and women in different tournaments might become equal. Consequently, the amount of allowance given to men right now might be reduced from their accounts.

“Roger Federer started the ball rolling with his splendid idea of joining forces and I think Nadal agrees. Not every top guy agrees that’s fine, but I think Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic have a strong following. For Federer to suggest that, speaks for his intelligence and also that he truly cares about the game,” Boris Becker told Laureas.com

The Grand Slams have been offering equal prize money to both men and women since Wimbledon 2007, but in other events, the concept of prize money inequality is still persisting. 

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“Think of the equal prize money we have in the majors. Men and women earn the same which I don’t think is happening in every sport. We are always progressive about going with the times, with equal rights, certainly on the tennis court,” he continued.

Contradicting Unification Idea of Roger Federer

Presently, the top players are in favor of merging the tours. However, a few players have questioned the consequences of the merger. For instance, Nick Kyrgios seemed to be unconvinced and was not in the favor of World Number four Roger Federer. 

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Becker also suggested hosting all the Masters tournaments for the ladies as well. As presently, there are several Masters tournaments that are explicitly meant for the men. 

“So a joint organization would be the next step. It’s a big step. He suggested maybe having joint tournaments. We already have a few. In the US in Miami, you have men and women participating around the same time.”

But, on a serious note, hosting all the Masters tournaments for both men and women is not a viable option to go ahead with. First of all, in the women’s game, the tickets do not sell as much as men’s, so it would affect the tournament’s revenue.

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“The other ones, talking about the Masters series, are not there yet, but obviously would, in my opinion, be a step in the right direction. Once we get out of the tunnel, the new normal will be different. We still lie in a position to control the future if we get together and work together,” said Becker.

Monte-Carlo Masters
Monte-Carlo Masters

Also, all the tournaments do not have the facility to host men and women’s games simultaneously. Even if they host it on two separate occasions, the tight calendars of tennis players will not permit additional tournaments in their schedule.   

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