Davis Cup: Gerard Pique promises to ‘prove wrong’ critics of his tournament reform role

Gerard Pique, pictured with International Tennis Federation president David Haggerty, used to be on the Davis Cup finals design on Thursday

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says he’s going to “show defective” critics of his role in the reform of the Davis Cup.

And the four-time Champions League winner says he “hates” it when Roger Federer and others consult with the competition as the “Pique Cup”.

The 25-yr, £2.15bn revamp of the Davis Cup is funded by an funding team of workers led by Pique’s Kosmos firm.

“Within the lengthy speed we can see this competition as one of many most practical probably in the calendar of tennis,” he acknowledged.

The Davis Cup finals would possibly well maybe be conducted in a brand novel week-lengthy 18-nation World Cup-vogue layout in Madrid in November.

Suits will encompass two singles and one doubles rubber, and the six team of workers winners, plus the splendid two second-positioned groups – consistent with sets, video games and parts received – will qualify for the knockout portion.

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As smartly as to Federer, 32-yr-extinct Pique has also faced criticism from Australia’s Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt.

“We’re getting speed by a Spanish soccer participant. That is relish me coming out and making adjustments to the Champions League,” Hewitt acknowledged in January. “It’s ridiculous. He is conscious of nothing about tennis.”

At final yr’s US Originate, Federer acknowledged it used to be a “bit odd to gape a footballer reach and meddle in the tennis substitute” and warned “the Davis Cup would possibly well maybe well well quiet now not change into the Pique Cup”.

Talking to BBC Sport in Madrid, Pique acknowledged: “I mediate participants who explain this establish, it is because they didn’t realize the swap of the competition and why we are doing this. I mediate we relish now to expose that they are defective.

“Clearly I’d now not be the one organising the competition and we’d now not be altering any legal guidelines of tennis. What we strive and supply helps the ITF (International Tennis Federation) produce a significantly better match.”

May maybe well additionally males and females play in one match?

The Davis Cup, which used to be founded in 1900, is with out doubt one of many enviornment’s finest international team of workers competitions with 132 nations participating in 2018.

Sixteen nations beforehand competed in the World Community in a straight knockout, with one of many nations internet hosting the tie.

An increasing sequence of high players relish skipped matches in most up-to-date years to ease their time table.

There also can very smartly be more swap coming with Pique also suggesting the Davis Cup and girls’s Fed Cup finals would possibly well maybe well well turn valid into a mixed match “in the discontinuance future”.

Several players, including Alexander Zverev and Tomas Berdych, relish criticised the novel-hit upon Davis Cup’s November staging however Pique is assured he can relish them over.

“I’m determined about it. This also can very smartly be very advanced to convince all people the major yr, however our thought is that here is a lengthy manner to rush,” he acknowledged.

“We realize that we are novel in this tennis world, and we must admire all people and how the calendar is structured correct now.

“We execute now not must relish any battle in any scheme with any reasonably a lot of portion of tennis. We are proud that we are in November. We know that the players would possibly well maybe be very drained. We pray that they’re going to be match.”

Additional conflicts would possibly well maybe well well come up with the novel ATP Cup match plight to expend say in January 2020. World foremost Novak Djokovic acknowledged in November that he thought two rival team of workers events within six weeks would now not be “valid for the game”.

The Federer-backed Laver Cup would possibly well maybe also expend say all all over again this September.

Messi joins forces with Pique

Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique had been chums since their teenage years

Pique’s Barcelona play Lyon on Tuesday in the Champions League, however he says soccer is now not the appropriate topic of dialog in the La Liga giants’ dressing room.

“Leo Messi, as an instance, is an actual fan of tennis,” he acknowledged. “And then we relish now Ivan Rakitic, who adopted Croatia to winning the Davis Cup this final yr.”

His team of workers-mate Messi is also an investor in Kosmos, which has these days bought FC Andorra, a team of workers currently competing in the fifth tier of Spanish soccer.

“He is portion of the firm. We are portion of a club in Andorra, and he is portion of that also,” acknowledged Pique.

“He does now not relish powerful of a job. He likes to relish his view and apply the total lot, however now not in a well-known say.

“Nonetheless it indubitably’s very moving for me to relish him because I know him since I was 13 years extinct. I’m very proud that he’s happy to be portion of this.”

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