Gerard Pique plans World Cup in tennis; Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic excited
A consortium which includes Gerard Pique is planning a World Cup of tennis to revive the fortunes of Davis Cup. The idea has been welcomed by stars Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.tennis Updated: May 13, 2017 15:52 IST
FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is part of a consortium planning a World Cup of tennis tournament to revive the fortunes of the tired Davis Cup format.
The plans, which would see the whole tournament take place in one location, have been backed by leading players such as Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
“I think that it’s a really exciting idea. If it comes off, I think it would be a very, very good thing for tennis,” said Murray after his defeat to Borna Coric at the Madrid Masters on Thursday.
Pique was in the Spanish capital on Monday and Tuesday this week with negotiations ongoing on when and where such a tournament could fit into the packed tennis schedule.
“Tennis needs an event like that, and I think it would be very good,” added Murray.
The current Davis Cup format sees matches spread over three days in February, April, September and November, which the International Tennis Federation (ITF) have been reluctant to change.
As a result many of the sport’s biggest stars have turned their back on the competition in order to prioritise preparations for Grand Slams
“For many years they have been static,” Nadal said of the ITF.
“They haven’t moved with the times or looked for new solutions.”
“Pique is part of a group that wants to create a World Cup that would be a great and very interesting tournament to compete in.
“It would be a fantastic initiative if it goes through and hopefully it will.”
Djokovic also backed the plans after saying he had met personally with Pique “several times.”
“The schedule is quite complicated, but I’m really glad that there are people like Gerard that are willing to invest the time and energy to make this game better,” said the Serb.
“Hopefully it’s going to come to life.”
First Published: May 13, 2017 11:39 IST