One of the creators of the new format of the Davis Cup, the Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué participated in an event to launch the competition held on Wednesday (17) in Madrid. The player was questioned and spoke about the criticisms made by essential names of the circuit, among them Roger Federer – that chose not to dispute the tournament.
Idealizer of the new Davis Cup
“Federer is at a point in his career where he prioritizes very emblematic tournaments because he is a certain age and his legs go as far as he can. Historically he was not one of the players who played the most Davis Cup, so we hoped he could not play, “said Piqué. Read The deception of Boris Becker with his legendary racket.
Piqué is one of the members of Grupo Kosmos, a company that has promised to invest $ 3 billion in 25 years in the Davis Cup. The Spaniard still participates in other businesses, such as a meat factory, a gaming studio and an investment manager.
The Davis Cup will have a major change in format starting next season. The final phase will have 18 countries, which will face a weeklong event in neutral, in clashes of only three games (instead of the current five) and best of three sets, not five.
The format did not please some of the top tennis stars. Federer and German Alexander Zverev have already confirmed that they will not participate in the tournament. Novak Djokovic has also made heavy criticism and has great chances of not disputing it.
“I’m in favor of innovation and not all bad things about this new Davis Cup, but the ATP, ITF and Laver Cup organizers need to get together and talk. It’s a bit strange for us tennis players to interfere in our world, he needs to be very careful, the Davis Cup cannot become the Piqué Cup, “Federer told Swiss television.