Gerard Pique hopes to avoid own goal in $3 billion Davis Cup revamp

(CNN)He’s a World Cup winner and one of Spain’s most celebrated footballers, but Gerard Pique hopes to avoid an own goal in his controversial $3 billion revamp of tennis’ Davis Cup that began in front of a less than packed house in Madrid this week. The top players had long wanted reforms to the 119-year-old competition, without a consensus as to what they should be. Amid the criticism from some on social media Monday as proceedings began, Pique hit back at former French Open semifinalist Filip Dewulf after the Belgian tweeted a picture with the caption, “15 people sitting on this side of the stands” ahead of Belgium’s clash against Colombia. “Are you sure there are just 15?” Pique countered …