“Roger Federer Sees Davis Cup As a Competition” – Gerard Pique on Federer’s Laver Cup

Published 11/29/2019, 7:24 PM EST
Roger Federer and Gerard Pique


The investor of Davis Cup 2019, Gerard Pique stated that Roger Federer perceives the historic tournament as a competitor of his event which is the Laver Cup. World Number three, Roger Federer’s absence from the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid was specifically noted. 

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“I would like everyone to play but over the time I realized that it’s not a question if he (Roger Federer) likes or not the competition, but personal. He holds another event, the Laver Cup, and he sees Davis Cup as a competition. And that’s not like this. It’s a three-year exhibition against an event that was introduced back in 1900,” said Gerard Pique.

Roger Federer

Earlier, Federer responded to Pique’s statements, which jeered at his absence from Davis Cup. The Swiss was touring around Latin America and played a few exhibition matches against Alexander Zverev while the other ATP men were swinging their racquets in Madrid. 

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“Davis Cup gave a lot to me and I gave a lot to Davis Cup too,” Federer made this statement and counter-attacked Pique’s words. 

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20-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer doesn’t really seem to support the revamped version of the 119-year-old event, Davis Cup. In Pique’s opinion, the Davis Cup is a rival tournament of the Laver Cup.

Know More – Gerard Pique Takes a Dig at Roger Federer and Laver Cup

The Roger Federer backed event, Laver Cup is just three years old. The jovial event on the ATP Tour is a three-day event. Federer created the Laver Cup with his sports agency Team 8 in honor of Australian legend Rod Laver.

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Laver Cup 2019

The matches Team World and Team Europe became an official part of the ATP Tour in 2019 and before that, it was not a part of the men’s tennis tour. However, no ranking points are awarded to the tennis players but the head-to-head stats are taken into consideration.

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