Davis Cup plans to move to Abu Dhabi for five years, thanks to a multi-million dollar deal with the UAE capital to which the company would have reached Kosmos, Of which the Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué is president and who is a promoter of the competition, according to the British newspaper ‘The Telegraph’.
Kosmos, that carried out the change of format of the Davis, with the implementation of Finals in a single venue in Madrid 2019, he would take the tournament to the Middle East, where he would stay for five years, added the same source.
This year, the tournament has taken a new step forward with the establishment of three venues. Madrid will continue to be the main one, but matches will also be played in Turin (Italy), where the ATP Finals are also played, and in Innsbruck (Austria), which will have to play its matches behind closed doors due to the incidence of COVID-19.
Kosmos promised, when taking control of Davis, an investment of 3 billion dollars over the next 25 years. And the federations, in need of an assured income of dollars to finance other projects, signed an agreement to modify the format for a kind of “world”.
His proposal was not without critics, such as Yannick noah, the last Frenchman to win Roland Garros, who accused the players, organizers and the press of having sold the spirit of the competition, and more recently Alexander Zverev, which asked for a format change.