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Messi is one of the investors of the new Davis Cup, says Pique

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Messi is one of the investors of the new Davis Cup, says Pique

 

Lionel Messi is one of the investors of the new Davis Cup to be held in Madrid later this year, according to Gerard Pique, his teammate in Barcelona, whose company Kosmos has been instrumental in the renewal of the historic tennis competition.

Kosmos, Pique’s investment firm, will support the new format of the tournament with $3 billion over 25 years and will jointly organise the competition together with the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

The final stage of the 18-nation tournament, which replaced the year-round 16-nation World Group, will take place at Caja Mágica in Madrid from November 18-24.

In statements given to British media, Pique confirmed that the Argentine striker, who already has participation in Kosmos, is involved in the tournament.

“Leo knows more than everyone else about this because he is involved in Kosmos,” Pique said, according to the English press. “He’s a partner, he’s part of the Kosmos family, he likes tennis. We have a relationship of 18 years since he came to the club and always try to share with him the things I think, loves to be part. He wanted to be part of this,” he added.

Pique’s participation in the team tennis competition of 119 years of history has generated the annoyance of some important figures in the sport, such as the Australian Lleyton Hewitt, who will captain his country in the event, or the Swiss Roger Federer, who even suggested that the tournament was in danger of becoming the “Pique Cup”.

Pique’s participation in the team tennis competition of 119 years of history has generated the annoyance of some important figures in the sport, such as the Australian Lleyton Hewitt, who will captain his country in the event, or the Swiss Roger Federer, who even suggested that the tournament was in danger of becoming the “Pique Cup”.

“I hope we can change these opinions. After a few years, I hope they come back and say we’re wrong, Davis Cup is more alive than ever,” he said.

The final phase of the Davis Cup will be held in Madrid for two years before possibly moving to Indian Wells in California.