Nick Kyrgios usually faces difficulty playing at clay courts and pleasing fans on the X platform. He might be welcomed to the court with cheers and a bit of boos next year. Kyrgios still has support from his fans, but his online interactions seem to be worse than his on-court interactions. The Australian, this time, posted about the WTA-ATP merger.
The Australian, this time, posted about the WTA-ATP merger. Kyrgios reposted a post about the merger and asked whether the draws will also be merged. He further commented on the position that it was a genuine question.
Does that mean we merge the draws????? https://t.co/9RlpR0089X
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) September 4, 2023
The fans began responding to the post. One fan went directly at Kyrgios by saying,” Na man you cant afford more domestic charges.” The fan was referring to his case, which happened in February.
Na man you cant afford more domestic charges
— QC (@QC_2020) September 4, 2023
One fan reminded him of his long absence on tour by saying,” What do you care? Your not playing anyway.” The fans did not find the question posted by Kyrgios in any way humorous.
What do you care? Your not playing anyway.
— Rebecca Winter (@SkyCatch_Her) September 4, 2023
Kyrgios would not have expected fans to give him a stern reminder of the past. There was no further response from Kyrgios regarding the merger. The 2023 season has seen the ATP and WTA tours being questioned about prize money and scheduling issues. The WTA has been under pressure as there is a lot of tension amongst the players and the organization.
WTA-ATP merger summit to take place soon
History awaits the tennis tour as talks between the top leaders of ATP and WTA emerge. With Saudi Arabia showing growing interest in the sport, the WTA-ATP merger will strengthen the game’s foundation. There have been many instances in the past where the merger was suggested for the betterment of the players. Now, there is expected to be a summit at the end of this month between the two organizations.
The summit is expected to take place in London for two days. A merger will mean that the gender pay disparity will be non-existent in the sport. The players themselves brought the prize money distribution of many events into the public eye. Roger Federer had spoken about the merger in 2020, and now it can finally be possible.
As per The Telegraph, ATP & WTA will convene in London later this month to discuss merger.
One of the reasons could be to prevent a Saudi takeover of the sport, as well as to strengthen the tennis brand overall.
This is a topic that had already begun to be… pic.twitter.com/GM1ADp1xW6
— Relevant Tennis (@RelevantTennis) September 3, 2023
There will be challenges to the merger as both tours have separate commercial partners and deals for TV and data rights. Setting a common agenda between the two parties won’t be easy.
WTA CEO Steve Simon and ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi must find a mutual vision. But one common purpose is that the sport should always grow, and they can take a shared interest in that while working on the merger.