In an interview to El Pais, the Mutua Madrid Open owner Ion Tiriac blasted the new Davis Cup format that will be hosted in November in Madrid. The Romanian investor said: "How can you have 18 teams over the same week, in the same place? Will they have 18 locker rooms? How will you play a Davis Cup match on a 1,500-seated court? Money, money and money.
ITF sold it this way and we can do nothing." Tiriac also criticized the FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique: "Mr Pique is a football player who plays in a big team, but he could never play in a team like Real Madrid, which is another thing.
I once saw him, and despite I did not know him I told him that I would change the football rules too: you do not hit with the penalty with the foot anymore, you hit it with the head... Please, we understand a bit more about tennis.
If you give me three more billions I hold the best tournament in the world, but of real tennis. I bet with you today that this format will not last for more than three years. If I go buying a ticket, for which court do I do it? Manolo Santana, Arantxa Sanchez or the third one? And who plays?" Tiriac also commented on what having a new 10,000 seated court would mean: "We are very, very close to signing a deal with the city...
Our company did a great job. I undestand the difficult time of the economic economy, and even more the European one, but they keep me asking a prize money increase. Ok, I am okay with it, but I have to think about how I get more spectators, sponsors, etc..."