The Davis Cup has ended its collaboration with former soccer player Gerard Pique’s company, Kosmos Tennis. The former FC Barcelona player invested heavily in the country’s championship five years ago and the event has undergone a transformation since entering Cosmos. Another 25-year deal was signed in 2018.
The ITF negotiated a solid tennis deal in 2018. The collaboration with Cosmos has resulted in more countries sharing, more prize money and more interest in the Davis Cup,” the ITF said in a statement. “We are now focused on the future growth of the largest annual Nations Cup in Europe.” Sports.”
The so-called Tennis World Cup has undergone a number of major changes since the entry of the investment company Pique. For example, the final is played with several nations at one venue and there are far fewer home and away matches. In addition, the best-of-five meeting format has been abandoned and meetings now only last two days instead of three. The changes led to much criticism. Players, among others, claimed that magic was increasingly disappearing due to the new setting. Top players regularly skipped the tournament, which led to lower visitor numbers.
This year’s edition will be held as planned. The final tournament, the Final Eight, will take place in Malaga in November. The Netherlands also participated in the eighth final last year, and Australia was very strong in the quarter-finals. Canada won the tournament.
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