“My Rant, It’s on Kosmos” – Nicolas Mahut Calls Out Gerard Pique Firm for the Chaos in Davis Cup Pays

Published 03/06/2022, 9:06 AM EST
Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 21, 2021 France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut celebrate with the trophy after winning their doubles final match against Rajeev Ram of the U.S. and Britain’s Joe Salisbury REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Davis Cup ties were prestigious events, and representing the nation in it was an honor for many players. No doubt the pays were also good for the players participating in the tournament. But since the revamped structure by Kosmos, remuneration has taken a slight hit, which is niggling French star Nicolas Mahut.

Master of Doubles play, Mahut was a member of the French 2017 Davis cup winning team. The 40-years old player has seen good and bad days for the players participating in the Davis Cup. 5-time Grand slam winner in doubles tournaments lashes out on the Kosmos – Gerard Pique firm for the changes in the Davis cup format.

 Why Nicolas Mahut is furious about the reform

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As per the reports, The Spanish star defender and his investment firm Kosmos Tennis have invested in giving Davis Cup a World Cup-style overhaul. One of the International sport’s oldest team events is now 18 best teams encounter around the world.

But it was not just the format of the tournament, but the pay associated with it will also have changes. It will be now divided between the staff and the players who took part in the matches.

Mahut commented“I hear that France does not sell. But my rant, it’s on Kosmos. Either you manage everything from A to Z, and you do it well, trying to promote a competition that you destroyed to rebuild another, or you delegate” (translated via Google Translate)

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In particular, for the French players, the France Tennis Federation is showing intentions to pay but is unable to do so due to new regulations involved. Nicolas elaborates the current situation as, “The players are not paid. In our case, it was the Federation that added a budget line to pay us. Which should not be the case in many nations during this ‘qualifying’ round.” (translated via Google Translate)

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With the reform of the Davis Cup by Kosmos, prize money except for the play-offs where the players are not paid by the organizers is now in the pockets of staff including the organizers and players.

Do you agree with the points made by Mahut? Or will you stand with the revamped structure of the Davis Cup? Do let us know in the comments below.

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Kunal Pradeep Chawda

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Kunal Chawda is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Holding a bachelors degree in IT engineering and masters in marketing, Kunal is obsessed with tennis, soccer and basketball. He has intensely followed sports since the year 2002 and also competed in his collegiate days.

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