Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says he’ll”prove wrong” critics of his function from the reform of their Davis Cup.
The 25-year, £2.15bn revamp of the Davis Cup is financed by an investment group headed by Pique’s kos-mos company.
“Ultimately we will have this rivalry among the biggest from the calendar of tennis,” he explained.
The Davis Cup finals is going to be played at a 18-nation World Cup-style format at Madrid.
Matches will consist of two singles and one doubles rubber, and also the six group winners, along with the best two second-placed teams – based on games, sets and points won – will be eligible for the playoff stage.
From the Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, 32-year-old Pique has also faced criticism Besides Federer.
“We’re getting powered by a Spanish football player. “It is ridiculous. He knows nothing about tennis”
Finally year’s US Open,” Federer said it was a”little odd to find a footballer series and meddle at the tennis industry” and warned”the Davis Cup should not become the Pique Cup”.
Speaking to BBC Sport at Madrid, Pique said:”I think individuals who use this name, it is because they did not know the change of the competition and also we do so. I believe we need to prove they are incorrect.
“Obviously I will never be the one organising the competition and we won’t be changing any laws of tennis.
Could men and women play one event?
Is one of the world’s largest international team contests together with 132 states.
Sixteen nations graduated from the World Group at a straight knockout, together with a few of those states hosting the tie.
An increasing selection of players have skipped matches to ease their schedule.
There can be change coming together with Pique additionally implying the Davis Cup and women’s Fed Cup finals might grow to be a combined event”from the future”.
Several players, including Tomas Berdych and Alexander Zverev, have criticised the new-look Davis Cup’s November staging but Pique is confident he can win them over.
“I am positive about this. It’ll be very difficult to convince everybody else the first year, but our idea is this is a long way to go,” he explained.
“We understand we are fresh in this specific tennis Earth, and we would like to respect everybody and how a calendar is organised at this time.
“We don’t desire any conflict whatsoever with any other part of tennis. We’re proud that people come in November. We are aware that the players will be quite tired. We pray they will be fit”
Further battles could arise with the new ATP Cup event set to happen in January 20 20. World numberone Novak Djokovic said in November he presumed two rival team events within six weeks would not be”advantageous to the sport”.
The Federer-backed Laver Cup will additionally happen again this September.
Messi joins forces with Pique
The Barcelona of pique drama Lyon on Tuesday from the Champions League, however he says football isn’t the sole topic of conversation from the La Liga giants’ dressingroom.
“Leo Messi, as an example, is really actually a good fan of tennis,” he explained. “And then we now have Ivan Rakitic, who followed Croatia to winning the Davis Cup last calendar year “
His Messi is also an investor in Kosmos, which has purchased FC Andorra, a team now competing at the fifth grade of Spanish football.
“He’s part of the organization. We are a part of a team Andorra, and he could be part of the also,” stated Pique.
“He does not always have much of a position. Follow what, but maybe perhaps not in a position that is significant and also he loves to have his own opinion.
I am quite proud he could be happy to participate in the “