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Sports Boris Becker and German tennis: It's complicated

18:30  25 november  2020
18:30  25 november  2020 Source:   dw.com

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The fallout from Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour continues, with tennis great Boris Becker and current star Nick Kyrgios embroiled in a verbal tit-for-tat. It ' s a global pandemic and if someone is as idiotic as Alex to do what he has done, I'll call him out for it.

Boris Becker 's knowledge of tennis is unquestionable. Centre Court was his living room, the stage on which he won three Wimbledon titles, the 17-year-old's It ' s a different story in Britain, where even the follies of an heir to the throne are readily forgiven. It is also a different story with Steffi Graf, for since

This "relationship status" can be used to describe the relationship between the Germans, especially the German Tennis Association (DTB), to the former Wimbledon winner. The association now has to deal with it on its own.

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A quick look at the archive of the news magazine "Der Spiegel" is enough to remind you on the day of the farewell: It wasn't always all peace and joy pancakes between German tennis and his biggest male star: "Bullying against Boris Becker", for example, is a message from December 1999. Becker had just resigned as head of the German Davis Cup team. And in Hamburg, the traditional seat of the German Tennis Association (DTB), ugly quotes were rumored to accompany the music. "What does the team boss actually do?" Association sports warden Dirk Hordorff was quoted at the time. The two gentlemen probably didn't like each other very much. Back then.

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Boris Becker was 17 when he lit up and won Wimbledon for the first time, 34 years ago, and he at the All England Club to become the first unseeded winner of the most famous prize in tennis , as well as the first German . “ It ’ s as close as it ’ s ever been. I would think at Wimbledon it would be more likely

You could already rub your eyes in amazement three years ago when it was possible to get Boris Becker back into the service of the association as "Head of Men's Tennis". Because Hordorff was and is still there. The former coach and player manager is still an important figure in German tennis as Vice President.

The reputation was ruined

But the association had almost disintegrated in the meantime, as had the men's national team. The episode will not be forgotten when at the Davis Cup in Frankfurt am Main simply no player was in the mood to play the last individual. Carsten Arriens had to take his hat off as team boss a little later. The reputation was ruined, there was little sporty going anyway, and the new young star Alexander Zverev was preparing to take his own and stubborn path as a professional. So do many in the scene.

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Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has butted heads with former World No. 1 Boris Becker over the ongoing coronavirus saga plaguing the global tennis "We all live in the pandemic called COVID-19! It ' s terrible and it killed to many lives," the German posted. "We should protect our families/loved

Boris Becker hopped into the interview room at the O2 Arena on a pair of crutches, a Every German who came after Becker and Graf cannot help but be compared to them Clearly, it helps to have won six majors. But then so did Stefan Edberg, and he never triggered the same kind of tennis Beatlemania.

Hey: It's Boris!

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Initially, the appointment of a very calm acting coach Michael Kohlmann as the new team boss was a welcome reassurance. The fact that Boris Becker could be installed as "Head of Men's Tennis" - not only, but also - left a lasting impact. Sure, after hip surgery and too many Becker-Hecht-five-sentence-I'll-turn-this-damn-match-still-missions, the man could only hobble at times and also had debts and this unpleasant court case in London on his cheek , but hey: It's Boris!

Boris Becker, , der junge Mann aus Leimen, 1995: Wimbledon gewonnen, die Welt steht ihm offen © picture-alliance / S. Simon Boris Becker, the young man from Leimen, 1995: Wimbledon won, the world is open to him

Every tennis fan in Germany remembered how the redhead three times on the lawn at Wimbledon ("my Living room ") had thrown up his arms after winning the finals. Not that they were there, but the nation was gathered in front of the television and the younger ones have long since reworked the relevant snippets on YouTube. Everyone, everyone played tennis because there was Boris and Steffi Graf. One also remembered how Becker had helped Novak Djokovic much later as coach to become the best player in the world. And so the eyes of every young course participant, whom Becker called to himself on the network, shone.

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Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has butted heads with former World No. 1 Boris Becker over the ongoing coronavirus saga plaguing the global tennis “We all live in the pandemic called COVID-19! It ’ s terrible and it killed to many lives,” the German posted. “We should protect our families/loved

" Boris Becker and I have jointly decided to end our cooperation," Djokovic, who won this year' s Australian and French Open titles, wrote on his Nevertheless, Bild and SID reported that Becker and longstanding coach Marian Vajda were unwilling to work closely with the unorthodox influence

He's leaving - and wants to come back?

But now? Past. At the end of the year, Becker surprisingly withdrew from the German Tennis Association (DTB) and gave up his position as men's boss. "Unfortunately, I currently don't have the time to continue to carry out this extensive task," the 53-year-old justified his step in an association announcement. But you never go that far, the same applies here: "I will remain on friendly terms with the DTB and can imagine If my time allows, I will take on an even bigger task at the DTB, if the opportunity arises. "

" Of course we regret this decision, but we also fully understand it, "said DTB sports director Klaus Eberhard now:" With Boris has given his great expertise and personality a lot of impulses at all levels in competitive sport. "

Davis-Cup-Sieg 1998: Boris Becker, Patrick Kühnen, Teamchef Niki Pilic, Eric Jelen und Carl-Uwe Steeb © picture-alliance / dpa / R. Schrader Davis Cup victory 1998: Boris Becker, Patrick Kühnen, team boss Niki Pilic, Eric Jelen and Carl-Uwe Steeb

That Becker has been working as a TV commentator for the BBC for many years and now - in addition to his DTB colleague Barbara Rittner ("Head of Women's Tennis") - also for Eurosport for ris Ensuring low ratings and clicks can explain Beckers’s move. As long as his legal and financial annoyance persists, in the still very conservative world of tennis associations, at least it will not be immediately feasible for an "even bigger task". When he signed up in 2017, the association had to assure that the new "Head of ..." would not receive any payments. You can earn money in and with tennis even after your career. Jon McEnroe does it, Mats Wilander and many others. Association activities are, however, of no help.

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