What is going on?
For some reason Gerard Pique, as in actual real life Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique, is trying to revolutionise the sport of tennis.
The 30-year-old wants to change the format of the Davis Cup, tennis’ premier international tournament, making it more like a World Cup with a 16-team knockout format.
According to the Independent, Pique wants to see a tournament played over the course of a week in one location with plenty of prize money up for grabs to tempt the game’s top players.
The likes of Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have declined to participate in the Davis Cup and have grown tired of its structure.
“For many years they have been static,” Nadal said of the International Tennis Federation.
“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.”
While Scottish ace Murray said: “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, and I think it would be very good.”
Pique met with ATP officials in Madrid this week to discuss his proposition while he attended the Madrid Masters.
Needless to say he received a hostile reception from the locals but his ideas have made him very popular with the superstars of tennis.
12-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic said: “The schedule is quite complicated, but I’m really glad that there are people like Gerard that are willing to invest the time and energy to make this game better, so hopefully it’s going to come to life.”
How about that then? Gerard Pique – the future of tennis.
No word yet on how Federer plans to shake up the Copa America.