Roger Federer hits out at Gerard Pique over Davis Cup plans

ROGER FEDERER has hit back at Barcelona star Gerard Pique and his plans for tennis team events.

Pique fronts the Kosmos Group who have has won the rights to promote the Davis Cup.

 Roger Federer has warned tennis not to hand too much power to Gerard Pique and his Kosmos group

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Roger Federer has warned tennis not to hand too much power to Gerard Pique and his Kosmos group

The Spanish international has suggested moving the new 18-nation finals week to a September slot next year, from its originally planned November date.

However, the Laver Cup, featuring a Europe team versus the Rest of the World, is scheduled for September 20-22 in Geneva in 2019, raising the possibility of a clash.

And the 20-time Grand Slam winner has warned against his sport giving up too much power to Pique and Kosmos as their new Davis Cup format threaten the Laver Cup, organised and promoted by Federer.

The Swiss legend hit out at Pique after easing into the second round of the US Open with a straight-sets win ( 6-2 6-2 6-4) over Japan’s Yoshito Nishioka.

 Gerard Pique and David Haggerty President of International Tennis Federation after rubber stamping Davis Cup changes

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Gerard Pique and David Haggerty President of International Tennis Federation after rubber stamping Davis Cup changes
 Gerard Pique and his Kosmos group have won right to promote the Davis Cup

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Gerard Pique and his Kosmos group have won right to promote the Davis Cup

He said: “Be careful, the Davis Cup should not become the Pique Cup.”

Federer is looking to emulate Golf’s Ryder Cup, but his Laver Cup is struggling to get the world’s best players to take part.

He added: “The good part of this imbroglio is that everyone will have to sit around one table and listen to the other's desires, the ITF (International Tennis Federation), the ATP (men's tour), the Laver Cup.

“It is true that the coming weeks may be very interesting. I have not spoken to Gerard Pique yet, but I admit that it's a bit odd to see a footballer arrive and meddle in the tennis business.

“I am globally for innovations, our sport needs to think a little outside the box to innovate.

“But it's a bit like a game of Jenga (the tower building puzzle) – you have to be careful not to remove the brick that will bring down the whole building.”

Federer will face Frenchman Benoit Paire in the second round at Flushing Meadows.

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ROGER FEDERER has hit back at Barcelona star Gerard Pique and his plans for tennis team events.