Becker welcomed again ‘with open arms’ by German tennis

Boris Becker assists the staff within the gamers’ space through the Davis Cup, qualifying spherical tennis match, between Germany and Switzerland, in Trier, Germany, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023.
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Boris Becker has been welcomed again to German tennis “with open arms”, seven weeks after being launched from a London jail.

Becker, 55, sat within the staff’s field throughout Saturday’s Davis Cup loss to Switzerland within the western metropolis of Trier, posting on Instagram on Sunday “we fought hard and left everything on the court”.

The six-time Grand Slam champion, and former world primary, served eight months of a two-and-a-half yr sentence in England for flouting insolvency guidelines.

Whereas Becker might have solely attended the weekend Davis Cup tie in an unofficial capability, there may be hypothesis he might return to his former function as Head of Males’s Tennis with the German Tennis Affiliation (DTB).

Talking with tabloid Bild, German primary Alexander Zverev mentioned: “We (German tennis) welcome him with open arms.”

Former Davis Cup captain Becker was invited by the DTB as a “friend of the team”.

He was seen embracing and consoling gamers on the finish of the tie on Saturday.

“Boris knows how it’s done. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a player, a coach, the DTB or anyone else, he can help everywhere,” Zverev mentioned.

Davis Cup teammate Oscar Otte additionally lauded the presence of Becker.

“He said some really good things to me during the warm-up. That helps enormously,” mentioned Otte.

“There’s a lot of experience. We’re all very happy he’s back.”

Becker’s return comes at a troublesome time for German males’s tennis.

Former Wimbledon winner Michael Stich instructed Germany’s FAZ newspaper on Sunday “we have the problem that the gap to Zverev is huge, at least in individual terms.”

Zverev, a former world quantity two, is now 14 within the rankings whereas Otte is at 80 and Daniel Altmaier is ranked at 91.

From 2013 to 2016, Becker coached Novak Djokovic to 6 of his 22 Grand Slams.

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