Gerard Pique who recently completed his 500th match for FC Barcelona is happy with the way the inaugural Davis Cup he and his investment company Kosmos organized went down.
Spanish publication, Tribuna reports that Pique told broadcasters Mivistar as cited by AFP saying:
“The competition is an absolute success. The most important thing is that it has a soul… The players have reactions that they don’t even have in the Grand Slams.”
The tournament had a controversial character with weird kick-off times, which saw the tie between the United States and Italy ended at 4:04 am local time. Many games had low attendances, while some famous sportspersons refused to participate right away, like Rodger Federer.
“I think this is the base and from there it will grow a lot,” said Pique on the complaints about the cup’s layout.
“Things are going to be retouched, obviously. The issue of the schedules must be retouched. But that’s what happens to events when the format is changed.”
Earlier this week, Barca defender commented on Rodger Federer’s decision to snub the tournament.
“I can understand he sees Davis Cup as a rival,” Pique said. “We understand that it’s something different because our event is 119 years old.
“He can think what he wants, we will go our way. We respect that he doesn’t want to play here, but Switzerland did not qualify. If they had qualified, be would see. But I think instead of focusing on just one player we have to think about the present and future.”
Pique went to Caja Magica to watch Spain’s semi-final against Britain after performing in Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Leganes earlier on Saturday, after which he assured that he approaches his responsibilities to Barca in a professional anner, despite all the ‘circus’.
Pique’s company Kosmos Group helped to organize the well-known tennis tournament in Madrid. He recently revealed that he sometimes gets only four to five hours of sleep per night, which is an unhealthy amount for any person but especially for a professional athlete.