Gerard Pique "pessimistic" about staging fan-less Davis Cup Finals

Gerard Pique "pessimistic" about staging fan-less Davis Cup Finals

"We are listening to what the sport’s ministry and the government are telling us about whether we’ll have the ability to have fans," the Barcelona star told Movistar.

Davis Cup organizer and Barcelona soccer player Gerard Pique is not confident the Davis Cup Finals will be played if crowds are not allowed at the event.

Though it's more than six months away, it could be a while before large gatherings are allowed in hard-hit Spain, where other government restrictions are now being lifted. 

"I’m a bit pessimistic, to have the Davis Cup with no fans is difficult," Pique told Movistar.

"There is a lot of uncertainty. We are listening to what the sport’s ministry and the government are telling us about whether we’ll have the ability to have fans."

Pique's Kosmos investment group arranged with the ITF to turn the competition into a one-week event with 18 nations, played for the time time in 2019 in Madrid.

Gerard Pique at the 2019 Davis Cup Finals- Getty Images

The restrictions have also created difficulties in doing the usual organizing for the event.

"People are obviously working from home, and we can't go to Madrid to look at the facilities," he said.

Still, no decisions are yet being taken about whether to hold the event.

"I think in the next few weeks we’ll have more clarity but right now, we’re trying to be prepared," Pique said.

Some international qualifying rounds for the team competition were played with no spectators in the stands.

Tickets are sold individually for round-robin ties and from the quarterfinals onwards.