Messi funds Pique’s Kosmos Davis Cup revamp project

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Lionel Messi has funded Kosmos Holdings to revamp the Davis Cup. Kosmos owner and Messi’s Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique has confirmed Messi as one of the investors in the Kosmos Davis Cup revamp.

The Spaniard had told Daily Mail after the Davis Cup Finals draw in Madrid that “Leo (Messi) knows more than anyone about this because he is involved in Kosmos. He is a partner, he is part of the Kosmos family, he likes tennis. We have a relationship of 18 years since he arrived at the club, and I always try to share with him things I’m thinking, he loves to be part of it and he wanted to be part of it.”

International Tennis Federation (ITF) and Kosmos Holdings are in agreement to jointly run the Davis Cup competition for 25 years. Kosmos will be backing the project by $3 billion.

Kosmos Holding, Pique’s company, also has on board Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani and US tech billionaire Larry Ellison among the investors.

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The inaugural 18-nation Finals, which replaces the traditional 16-team World Group, is scheduled for November at Madrid’s La Caja Magica. The draw was completed in late last week.

It is not clear so far whether the Forbes’ second highest earning athlete Messi will be directly involved with the Davis Cup project.

Meanwhile, tennis stars like Roger Federer and Leyton Hewitt have expressed scepticism over Pique’s involvement with Davis Cup. Some critics have gone to the extent of terming the prestigious tennis competition as the “Pique Cup”.

The 32-year-old footballer is unhappy over the comments. “I hate it, because it’s not about me and I don’t want my name on the competition. Davis Cup history is so big. I hope we can change this opinion. After a few years, I hope they go back and say “We were wrong, Davis Cup is more alive than ever,” he says.

“I can understand that when a footballer comes in the tennis world it can seem a little bit awkward or strange, but at the end of the day I’m not going to be changing the rules of tennis. I understand that I’m the new one here and I try to understand everyone. In the time we are living now it is easy to say whatever you think. If it’s with respect it’s fine.

“Davis Cup history is so big. I hope we can change this opinion. After a few years, I hope they go back and say ‘We were wrong, Davis Cup is more alive than ever’.

“I respect the opinion of Lleyton, he was a great player. I can understand that when a footballer comes in the tennis world it can seem a little bit awkward or strange, but at the end of the day I’m not going to be changing the rules of tennis.”

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