Thursday, March 30, 2023

Gerard Pique’s Kosmos: Couldn’t renegotiate Davis Cup enterprise mannequin with ITF

Gerard Pique’s Kosmos Tennis mentioned on Friday that the Worldwide Tennis Federation’s (ITF) determination to finish its Davis Cup partnership with the personal funding group adopted an unsuccessful try to renegotiate the enterprise mannequin.

The ITF mentioned on Thursday that the partnership was ending 5 years right into a 25-year, $3 billion settlement unveiled in 2018 amid a lot fanfare over guarantees to ship “long-term benefits” for followers and all stakeholders of the sport.

That determine meant Kosmos promised to speculate $120 million per yr, which was “significantly reduced” in the course of the COVID pandemic and assorted in subsequent years, earlier than being raised once more just lately, an organization spokesperson informed Reuters.

“In response to the ITF’s public statement yesterday, it appears that Kosmos Tennis and the ITF were unable to reach an agreement to renegotiate the business model, as well as the current and future fee requested by the ITF,” the Kosmos spokesperson added.

“This fee, which was significantly reduced during the pandemic, has varied over the years of collaboration and was recently raised again.

“Kosmos has paid in full the 2022 fee. Prize money shall be paid in due time when requirements from nations are met.”

The ITF, the game’s governing physique, mentioned it had monetary contingencies in place and would function the 2023 Davis Cup qualifiers and finals as scheduled, with the Closing 8 happening in Malaga, Spain, in November.

The take care of Kosmos — which is fronted by former Barcelona soccer participant Pique — was adopted by an overhaul of the boys’s workforce competitors based in 1900, with the standard home-and-away ties performed over a number of weekends within the yr scrapped.

Since 2019, as a part of a brand new format, there was one home-and-away spherical of ties adopted by 18-teams competing in a single metropolis for a week-long finale to the season.

After the 2020 version was postponed attributable to COVID-19, the 2021 finale was held throughout 11 days in three cities — Madrid, Turin and Innsbruck.

One other format tweak final yr noticed groups compete in a gaggle stage in September, with the highest eight advancing to the finals.

Kosmos will proceed to be linked to tennis, having just lately added Borna Coric, Elina Svitolina and Andrey Rublev to its listing of represented athletes.

The spokesperson mentioned the corporate would proceed with its different sporting initiatives. 

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