Pique plots tennis ‘World Cup’

Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique has turned his attention to tennis, as he plots changes to the format of the Davis Cup.

Pique has been holding discussions with tennis chiefs at the Madrid Masters this week after his Davis Cup proposals have won support from the game’s leading players.

Currently, the Davis Cup is spread over weekends in February, April, September and November, with many top players opting to pull out of the competition.

But Pique hopes to revitalise the tournament by making it a 16-team knockout competition over the course of a week.

World number one Andy Murray said: “I think that it's a really exciting idea. If it comes off, I think it would be a very, very good thing for tennis.

“I think there's still a lot of things that need to be worked out before it potentially happens, but I think it would be a very good thing for tennis. Tennis needs an event like that.”

Rafa Nadal agrees with the British player: “Pique is part of a group that wants to create a World Cup that would be a great and very interesting tournament to compete in. It would be a fantastic initiative if it goes through and hopefully it will.”