Time to worry? One month until the Davis Cup Finals and tickets aren’t selling!

There is a month to go until the Davis Cup Finals. It is the first of the new format which will be held at the Caja Magica in Madrid. Investment from the Kosmos Group led by Gerard Pique and a new sponsor Rakuten who are sponsors of Barcelona Football Club which Gerard plays for struck a multimillion pound deal with the ITF to revamp the competition. The revamp hasn’t gone down well with fans with knockout stages held in one location now taking away that home and away feeling of the competition which they hope to improve but the main … Continue reading Time to worry? One month until the Davis Cup Finals and tickets aren’t selling!

A busy few weeks; US Open junior champion & Davis Cup hero!

Jonas Forejtek has had a busy few weeks. This has been Jonas’ first major year and hasn’t even played a main draw tour match yet but has been hitting the headlines. Jonas turned 18 in March and before that started the year picking up the junior boys doubles title down at Melbourne Park with Dalibor Svrcina. A couple of months after turning 18 the Czech teenager made his second junior appearance at Wimbledon going out in round one again but in the doubles won once again. This win was with Jiri Lehecka also from the Czech Republic. Jonas who has … Continue reading A busy few weeks; US Open junior champion & Davis Cup hero!

Casper Ruud leads Norway into Davis Cup Play-Off’s

NextGen star Casper Ruud has led his country into the play-offs of the Davis Cup. The 20 year old from Norway spends a lot of his time at the Rafael Nadal Academy in Mallorca and I had the pleasure of seeing him in Madrid qualifiers earlier this year. His game stood out to me as someone who could go far in the game. Roger Federer said after their meeting at Roland Garros he will be top 50 and hopefully top 20 in the future. His game his built on his strong inside out forehand which gives him a lot of … Continue reading Casper Ruud leads Norway into Davis Cup Play-Off’s

Gerard Pique says it’s the ‘project of his life’ but low ticket sales for knockout stages & questions over ‘favouritism’ in scheduling opens up early problems for Davis Cup Finals

Tickets are on sale, the draw is out and the scheduling has raised some questions ahead of the first of the new Davis Cup Finals in Madrid. The event will be held at the Caja Magica which I visited this year and is home to the Mutua Madrid Open. The courts will be hard courts which will be hidden by an overlay making it a hard court. The event will be indoors so the roof will be shut on all three stadium courts. Training courts is unknown. At the back of the Caja Magica is a bridge with access to … Continue reading Gerard Pique says it’s the ‘project of his life’ but low ticket sales for knockout stages & questions over ‘favouritism’ in scheduling opens up early problems for Davis Cup Finals

Gerard Pique out to prove critics wrong but admits he ‘prays’ the best will be fit enough and not tired to play

Gerard Pique has a battle on his hands. Roger Federer has already called in the Pique Cup as of others and the Barcelona defender has said at the Davis Cup draw he hates that name. Lleyton Hewitt has criticised Pique’s involvement in the sport and the changes made. Berdych and Zverev have also been critical of the new format and despite helping his country progress to the finals Alex Zverev has said he will not be there. Now the sweat is on. Pique in an interview following the draw in Madrid said that he understands players will be tired at … Continue reading Gerard Pique out to prove critics wrong but admits he ‘prays’ the best will be fit enough and not tired to play

Caja Mágica is the final destination but the ITF have a fight on their hands to get the best there!

Davis Cup over the last 10 years has struggled to get the best to play. Such are the demands of the tour now and the prize money on offer competing is tough despite the tournament’s great history. History and tradition went out the window when Kosmos led by Gerard Pique threw money at the tournament changing the format but top players seem less interested in participating. The first of the new format has just finished and going from best of 5 matches over 3 days to best of 3 over 2 days has taken away that excitement with Australia sealing … Continue reading Caja Mágica is the final destination but the ITF have a fight on their hands to get the best there!

New tournaments, more points on offer, more prize money (for the men) Why are the women being forgotten about?

Over the last few months we This is a question which quite rightly won’t go away and should be heard. Tournaments on the tour have different prize money and level of tournament so there is unfortunately a discrepency on the ladies game. For example; Citi Open in Washington; ATP 500 / WTA International 48 players / 32 players $1,890,165 / $250,000 The difference in prize money is simply disgusting. Ok, I get that the men’s tournament is ATP 500 but the women’s is equivalent to ATP 250 but still that is awful. Not only that but the court share in … Continue reading New tournaments, more points on offer, more prize money (for the men) Why are the women being forgotten about?