Gerard Pique says he is still working to convince Roger Federer to feature in the Davis Cup after successfully recruiting Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Pique has been one of the prominent investors in overhauling the historic team tournament.
This year’s event is set to take place in Madrid from November 18-24 in a week-long World Cup-style tournament.
Federer is unable to feature because Switzerland failed to qualify but his participation would have been in doubt in any case.
The Swiss was lukewarm in his assessment of the revamped event but in comparison, Djokovic and Nadal are both expected to play.
There is also the added battle between Pique’s Davis Cup and Federer’s Laver Cup for a prime spot on the calendar.
The Laver Cup is currently played after the US Open which the Davis Cup was looking to be placed.
Speaking on Spanish TV, Pique asked about the Davis Cup and the likelihood of Federer playing the event.
And the Barcelona defender insisted he was still keen for Federer to take part.
He said on the ’El Hormiguero‘ programme: “Federer was the only player reluctant to play this new Davis Cup.
“He has the Laver Cup too and, whatever you say, there is bound to be some competition.
“It is not easy. We are there working and I think that in the end we will understand each other.
“At the tennis level, what am I going to say? He is the best in history.”
Despite Federer’s absence, Pique was still happy to have landed Djokovic, Nadal and Andy Murray.
He added: “The best in the world will be there, like Nadal, Djokovic and Murray and it will be a great experience for both tennis players and fans.”