Germany’s women’s tennis supremo Barbara Rittner has made no secret of her support for a merger of the ATP and WTA Tours.

The 47-year-old head of women’s tennis – whose counterpart Boris Becker resigned last week – endorsed the suggestion made in the spring by Roger Federer, who threw out the tennis talking point.

“From my point of view, it would make sense if the ATP, WTA, ITF and the Grand Slams sit under one roof,” Rittner said.

“At the moment everyone is cooking their own thing,” she told the German newspapers Münchner Merkur and tz.

Rittner said leading WTA players need to step up in support of the women’s game in the way that Roger Federer , Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic have done to help lower-ranked journeymen colleagues.

“We have few personalities in this area for women,” she said. “Seasoned players like Simona Halep and Ashleigh Barty have to communicate louder. Angelique Kerber would certainly be heard.”

Since Federer mooted his idea, little public action has been taken, though Djokovic did try to form a breakaway player organisation which he has said hopes to include women and some point.


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