As the Davis Cup 2019 got underway on Caja Magica (an avenue where Mutua Madrid Open takes place annually), the inauguration event of the 119-year-old tournament dealt with an insufficient public turning up for the same.
In regard to that, the official twitter handle of Madrid Open tweeted, “nothing like this,” referring to the numbed inaugural of Davis Cup Finals 2019. Later they deleted the tweet from their official handle.
With FC Barcelona’s defender, Gerard Pique backing up the historic event, the inaugural of the Piqué Cup resulted in a debacle.
Belgian Filip Dewulf, the former semi-finalist at Roland Garros 1997 – tweeted a picture that portrayed the lack of supporters at the event. “Not the biggest crowd…yet. 15 people sitting on this side of the stands.”
Later Gerard Pique responded: “It’s easy to take a picture before the players arrive at the court and criticize. The true atmosphere during the game is this one.” This tweet from Pique was deleted.
He again tweeted with a more packed crowd photograph, “Are you sure there are just 15?? 😂😂😂😂”
Are you sure there are just 15?? 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/SouZ8FnBG7
— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) November 18, 2019
The ticket sales of the Davis Cup 2019 have been a challenge. The match-up where Spain plays Russia has been sold out but the rest of the ties are in the process of trading their seats. Getting the live score update has also been mismanaged and no reference is provided to any matches being played on the official website.
Tennis followers are facing difficulties in catching up with the ties. Since the regular television broadcasters are not airing the traditional event of tennis.
I was willing to give Pique Cup a chance, in spite of my deep skepticism of the event, but if it wants to make itself hard to watch (by going outside already existing TV outlets), it makes it very easy to ignore.
Such a lack of leadership. #Tennis
— Matt Zemek (@mzemek) November 18, 2019
Public service announcement for US-based tennis fans who want to follow Davis Cup. Let me know how it goes. Rakuten TV appears to be only option outside of US ties and the final pic.twitter.com/gH9yIxuci8
— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) November 18, 2019
Dear Gerard, I can see that you've never been to a REAL Davis Cup ! And that's not it
— Alize Cornet (@alizecornet) November 18, 2019
J’étais contre cette réforme de la Coupe Davis! Je suis contre ce nouveau format! Je suis contre la manière dont il a été imposé au monde du tennis et à ses supporters! Mais je serai toujours un supporter de nos équipe de France! Alors allez les bleus !! Allez captain Seb!!!🇫🇷
— Arnaud Clement (@arnaudclement) November 18, 2019
Actually, Pique was at THE Spain-Germany quarterfinals… he's fully aware. https://t.co/gxm2MvzBrx
— Kamakshi Tandon (@Kamakshi_Tandon) November 18, 2019
Even to follow them on the internet!!! You cannot see the results on Google for example… 🤷🏻♀️
— Valeria Lima (@limavalePY) November 18, 2019
On Day One of Davis Cup Finals 2019, Canada’s Vasek Pospisil defeated Italy’s Fabio Fognini and the Canadian rising star, Felix Auger-Aliassime withdrew from the tournament due to an injury. Canadians will next take on the Team USA, with a win over them, Canada will sail into the quarterfinals of Davis Cup Finals 2019.