Barcelona star Gerard Pique’s company backing £2bn Davis Cup revolution into 18-nation World Cup

TENNIS is planning a Davis Cup revolution in a £2billion revamp backed by Barcelona star Gerard Pique.

From as quickly as subsequent yr, the plan is to stage a one-week, 18-nation World Cup of Tennis Finals on the finish of the season to determine the winners of the well-known trophy lifted by Andy Murray and Nice Britain in 2015.

 Barcelona star Gerard Pique is backing a Davis Cup revolution

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Barcelona star Gerard Pique is backing a Davis Cup revolution

The Worldwide Tennis Federation surprised the game by saying proposals for a 25-yr partnership value greater than £2billion with Kosmos, the funding company based and fronted by Barca defender Pique.

Kosmos is backed by Hiroshi Mikitani, boss of Rakuten, the Tokyo-based mostly e-commerce company which is Barcelona’s shirt sponsor.

Pique stated: ““Kosmos is thrilled to hitch on this thrilling partnership with the ITF. Collectively we will elevate Davis Cup by BNP Paribas to new heights by placing on a should-see World Cup of Tennis Finals that includes the highest nations and prime gamers.”

The Davis Cup has been crying out for years for change, with the perfect male gamers on the earth like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal typically refusing to play due to its demanding format.

 The plan is to stage an 18-nation World Cup of Tennis Finals over one week

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The plan is to stage an 18-nation World Cup of Tennis Finals over one week
 Andy Murray and Great Britain lifted the famous trophy back in 2015

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Andy Murray and Nice Britain lifted the well-known trophy again in 2015

At current the sixteen nations within the elite World Group need to battle their means by way of 4 ties to win it, with every tie that includes as much as 5, greatest of 5-set rubbers (4 singles and one doubles) performed throughout three days.

Solely final yr the ITF did not push via vital reforms and the Davis Cup appeared destined to be weakened nonetheless additional.

Pique even held talks with the lads’s tour ATP organisation about establishing a World Cup to rival the Davis Cup.

However now he and Kosmos have teamed up with the ITF as an alternative to ship a real revolution.

The proposal is for the sixteen World Group nations to be joined by two different nations for every week-lengthy occasion staged in November within the slot usually occupied by the Davis Cup Last.

Matches will determined by two singles and one doubles match, every performed in a greatest-of-three set format.

 

After a spherical-robin stage, there can be knockout quarter-finals and so forth.

The World Cup of Tennis can be staged in a single location, with a variety of cities already stated to be curious about bidding  for a possible 2019 occasion.

 

The format of the Davis Cup for the decrease tiers of the competitors would stay the identical, with nations competing in regional zones throughout a variety of ties per yr in a bid to qualify for the brand new season-ending showpiece.

However first ITF chiefs should persuade the member nations that the modifications are in everybody’s curiosity.

They’ll want a two-third majority on the AGM in Orlando in August to provide the beautiful plans the inexperienced mild.

TENNIS is planning a Davis Cup revolution in a £2billion revamp backed by Barcelona star Gerard Pique.

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