• March 26, 2023

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Canada’s Pospisil slams Kyrgios for ‘zero due diligence’ in opposing tour merger

Canada’s Vasek Pospisil has hit back at Nick Kyrgios for opposing the proposal to merge the men’s ATP and women’s WTA tennis tours, stating the Australian did not have enough information to comment on the matter.

Roger Federer called for a merger between the two governing bodies last month, with both ATP Tour chairman Andrea Gaudenzi and his WTA counterpart Steve Simon welcoming the suggestion.

Rafa Nadal, the other member of the so-called ‘Big 3’ alongside Federer and Novak Djokovic, also voiced his support as did many other past and present players.

However, outspoken Australian Nick Kyrgios was not enthused.

“Did anyone ask the majority of the ATP what they think about merging with the WTA and how it is good for us?” the world number 40 wrote on social media, before adding “we shouldn’t merge.”

World no. 93 Pospisil, who sits on the ATP Players Council, termed Kyrgios’ comments as ill-informed.

“You know what, it’s because a lot of players express, or people in general, will express an opinion without having any information, just because they feel like they want to say something,” Pospisil told TSN In Depth. “That might be the case with Nick.

As many as seven associations govern different portions of tennis. Besides the ATP and the WTA Tours, the sport is also controlled by the International Tennis Federation and the boards of the four Grand Slam tournaments.

They all joined forces in recent weeks to raise more than $6 million US for a player relief fund that will target about 800 singles and doubles players collectively on the men’s and women’s tours, who require financial support during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Djokovic, who heads the ATP Players Council, of which Federer and Nadal are also members, gave a rallying cry to his fellow professionals to contribute to the fund.

Pospisil said the ‘Big 3’ were all very strong individuals but they overall worked “really well” together.

Steve Carr

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