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Piqué turn tennis into his hand

How football player of Barcelona, with a € 2.5 billion made an end to the Davis Cup

Piqué turn tennis into his hand

Croatia–USA, France–Spain: today we begin the semi-finals of the Davis Cup. Enjoy it, because after 118 years, the Davis Cup in its current form on the kick. Thanks to Barcelonacoryfee Gerard Piqué.

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“We lift the Davis Cup to another level,” promises Gerard Piqué (centre, during the US Open). Julian Finney/afp

How football player of Barcelona, with a € 2.5 billion made an end to the Davis Cup

Piqué turn tennis into his hand

Croatia–USA, France–Spain: today we begin the semi-finals of the Davis Cup. Enjoy it, because after 118 years, the Davis Cup in its current form on the kick. Thanks to Barcelonacoryfee Gerard Piqué.

David Goffin will get stiff competition in Antwerp

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Hans Jacobs

BrusselEen breedlachende Gerard Piqué recently celebrated. Not because he’s after a disappointing world cup in Russia his football career as a Spanish international as discontinued. However, a decision which has a larger impact on the global sport: the traditional Davis Cup, the landencompetitie in the mannentennis as all of 118 years, it disappears from next year and will be replaced by the World Cup of Tennis. And who is the head of investment group Kosmos, the idea launched? Understand, Piqué, already an eternity the rock in the surf in the defence of Barcelona. “It is one of the happiest days in my life,” said Piqué on the decision.

But the question is: does Piqué as much as tennis? He can not only play football, but is also a pretty good tennis player. But in addition to being a talented athlete, he is nevertheless a shrewd businessman. In 2015 founded Piqué Cosmos, backed by a Japanese (Hiroshi Mikitani, owner of the onlineketen Rakuten, since last year ‘coincidentally’ shirtsponsor of Barcelona) and the American billionaire (Larry Ellison, owner of the tennis tournament Indian Wells). Piqué travelled with speaking arguments to the international tennis federation (ITF), organizer of the Davis Cup: a cheque of around € 2.5 billion. As far as being spread over the next 25 years, as the prize money promised. Not only the tennisfederaties get money, and also among the players is now about 17 million euro per year divided. On the term Cosmos, sponsorgewijs, earn money with the ‘world cup of tennis’.

All in one week reeling machines

Or that effectively will happen, depends on who is going to participate in that ‘world CHAMPIONSHIP tennis’ – the more stars, the more potential lenders – the analogy of a ‘world cup football’. Because that’s what Piqué and co. have in mind: a landentennistoernooi with the best tennisnaties in the world in one place, one under the other part who the world champion is. So no more, as this season for the last, three times per year and a Davis Cup-take between countries where one country has home advantage and the surface allowed to choose in a three-day, but once per year (tentatively in november) one full week a landentoernooi with the best eighteen tennisnaties on a neutral place. From now on also past time: crackers of four enkelwedstrijden and one doubles match over three days. Now, there are only two ankles and a double play. Marathonwedstrijden to three winning sets will be shortened to two winning sets. Piqué: “We are lifting the Davis Cup to another level.’

“The Davis Cup should not be the Imperfect Cup’

Roger Federer

71 percent of the ITF members voted ” yes ” on the proposal, even though the opinions are divided. Steve ‘Mister Davis Cup’ Darcis put it short and powerful: ‘118 years of sporting history wiped out for the money.’ He gets applause from the Belgian Daviscupkapitein Johan Van Herck, and with him the lovers of the dramatic Daviscupwedstrijden where the hometown audience a match could do tilt, the charm that a small country by those circumstances could win favorites… That tradition is now gone.

“I understand those reactions, that arise out of love for the sport, for the tradition,” says Gijs Kooken, ceo of Tennis Vlaanderen. However, Belgium voted for. “We shouldn’t have the foggiest about how to do so: money plays a role. But it was also clear that something had to change. We experienced the highlights with the finals that Belgium played, and Johan (Van Herck), our leaders be able to motivate for the Davis Cup. But that love was not for everyone in the world is infinite, due to the busy calendar said that many top down.”

Still hijackers on the coast

The international tenniskalender, anyway overloaded, by the new formula’s a few weeks per year relieves. In theory, because in practice, in the aces of the other players – for example, the ATP, who does not want to cooperate with the ITF on new initiatives. Or that Roger Federer criticism – ‘It seems a bit strange that a footballer is in the tennisbusiness mixes. The Davis Cup may not be the Piqué Cup’ – has to do with a proposal of Pique to the world CHAMPIONSHIPS on period in september, the period in which Federers management their toy, called the Laver Cup (a long between world), program. Kooken: “I hope that the proposal especially do recognise that all tennisorganisaties better able to work together.’

‘118 years of sporting history wiped out for the money’

Steve Darcis

David Goffin will get stiff competition in Antwerp

David Goffin will be at the European Open in Antwerp (14-21 October), his only tournament this season in Belgium, not easy to get. The crowd-puller is at this time, although the highest ranked player of the ATP tournament, but will get competition from, among others, the Argentinian Diego Schwartzman (ATP 14) and the Brit Kyle Edmund (ATP 16), by many considered as a future toptienspelers. The French Richard Gasquet (ATP 24), Gael Monfils (ATP 42) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were in the past, back in the top ten in the world. Ruben Bemelmans, last year a semi-finalist in Antwerp, will get a wildcard.

Tournament director Dick Norman: what toernooidirecteurs would be jealous on this field. I am glad that I do not have to participate.’ (laughs) There is one more wildcard available in Antwerp, possibly for a topper that is still the points for the Masters. (hjb)

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