Pique confident of luring Nadal and Djokovic to revamped Davis Cup

first_img0Shares0000Gerard Pique is confident that Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will play in the revamped Davis Cup © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Oct 17 – Gerard Pique believes Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will both play in the reformed Davis Cup next year and has said the “door remains open” to Roger Federer.Pique was speaking on Wednesday in Madrid, where the tournament finals will be contested over a week in November 2019, as part of a host of controversial changes to the format of the 118-year-old competition. The new Davis Cup carries a number of complications, not least because it is set to lock horns with the ATP’s World Team Cup, another inaugural event expected to take place just a few weeks later in Australia.November is also traditionally the month when top players begin their time off at the end of a congested 10-month season.For the tournament to be a success, and convince supporters to travel, it will likely need the grandees of the men’s game — Nadal, Djokovic and Federer — to participate.“I have spoken with all those players,” said Pique, the Barcelona defender who is also the president and founder of Kosmos, the company promoting the new Davis Cup.“With Rafa it is very positive, if he does not have an injury he will be there.“On Novak, if he has to choose between the two he says he will play the ATP tournament. I took the opportunity to talk to him because he represents the players and the meeting was very positive. I am confident we can reach an agreement.”Federer is the least likely of the trio to play given the now 37-year-old has long been very selective in the tournaments he enters.The Swiss prioritises the four Grand Slam events and has not played in the Davis Cup since 2015.Pique added: “Federer is at a point in his career in which he prioritises the most important tournaments. I have talked with his people and I have not closed any doors.”Earlier this month, Djokovic commented on the “poor timing” of the new Davis Cup while Federer said he “highly doubted” he would play, adding he felt it was “designed for the future generation of players”.The proposed week is between November 18 and 24 next year.Pique insisted that the International Tennis Federation, which runs the Davis Cup, is “still in negotiations” with the ATP, the organisation responsible for the men’s tour, regarding its equivalent competition.“Nobody knows if the two competitions can co-exist,” said Pique. “The competition they intend to create for now is a new project – the Davis Cup has a longer history and much more credibility.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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HEARTBROKEN CHILDREN APPEAL FOR RETURN OF MISSING PUPPY

first_imgA CO Donegal mum has today pleaded for the return of her children’s missing puppy – saying Christmas just won’t be the same unless he is returned.Letterkenny woman Adele Dempsey is hoping donegaldaily.com readers can help reunite her three children with their puppy Guinness.The 12-week-old labrador cross puppy is all black…except for a small white patch on his bottom lip. “That’s how he got his name,” said Adele, from Glendale Manor in Glencar.“He did have a blue reflective collar on him but he may have wriggled out of it. He has been missing since last Wednesday (December 1).”Her children, Marissa, six, Conall, five and one-year-old Aodhan (pictured with Guinness) are heart-broken.“They are very upset,” said Adele, “Aodhan has lost his best friend. We just want our extremely loved puppy back as soon as possible. We can’t face Christmas without him.” Anyone who has seen Guinness the puppy is asked to contact Adele at 36 Glendale Manor as soon as possible. If you’ve seen him, please email us here at [email protected] and we can let Adele know.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comHEARTBROKEN CHILDREN APPEAL FOR RETURN OF MISSING PUPPY was last modified: December 4th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:glencarletterkennyMISSING DOGlast_img read more

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