Konta backs idea to combine ATP and WTA tours

Johanna Konta has cautiously offered her support to the idea of the ATP and the WTA tours merging. While discussions about the viability of a merger were pushed into the spotlight by tweets from Roger Federer in April – since when both ATP and WTA chief executives, Andrea Gaudenzi and Steve Simon – have expressed support for it, Konta has underlined that it remains only an idea. “Billie Jean King beat him [Federer] to that a long time ago,” Konta said. I definitely think in the long run it makes sense for it to be one tour, it makes logical sense but I also know there are a lot of moving parts to it, and I know there will be a lotof people who won’t want it to happen, but also a lot of people who do want it to happen.” A prominent member of the WTA player council – which has convened frequently since the tour suspension – Konta points out that “not so much” has been said since the initial discussion following Federer’s tweets. 1 ranking (USA TODAY SPORTS) “For me, for my comprehension, I don’t understand how it wouldn’t be of equals because if we are then talking about that, would it be us literally saying we are worth less than our male counterparts? This time last year, her run to the semi‑finals at Roland Garros ended against Marketa Vondrousova after they were forced on to a half‑empty stadium away from the show courts following bad weather. But then there was bit of heartbreak for me … it was a tough match to lose because I had opportunities, and my opponent played well. She is open to contesting the planned LTA national tournaments as the tour remains frozen, now suspended until at least 31 July with the US Open’s status to be declared in mid-June.