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Boris Becker given role by German Tennis Federation following bankruptcy

Boris Becker given role by German Tennis Federation following bankruptcy”

Six-time grand slam champion Boris Becker has been appointed head of men's tennis in Germany, two months after he was declared bankrupt by a United Kingdom court.

The president of the DTB, Ulrich Klaus released a statement in a news conference saying; "In this position he will be in charge of the entire men's game".

"Tennis is a matter of the heart for me; it is what I can do best", Becker told reporters in Frankfurt Wednesday.

It is unknown as of yet the extend to which Becker will work with Alexander Zverev, the world No. 6 who only announced Juan Carlos Ferrero as his coach in August.

"I am proud to be head of men's tennis".

"My basic goal is to help German tennis through my experience as a former player and as a coach", added Becker.

He also acted as Germany's Davis Cup coach between 1997 to 1999, but endured a hard relationship with the federation (DTB).

Klaus said Becker "would be responsible for the whole of men's tennis" and his first engagement is the Davis Cup relegation play-off next month.

"After the US Open, the Davis Cup will be on the agenda with a hard performance in Portugal".

The new structure in the DTB also sees Rittner appointed and she will give up her position as Fed Cup captain to Jens Garlach from 2018.

Former World No.1 Becker's first mission is to be preparing for the Davis Cup matches against Portugal from September 15-17, when the German team is expected to fight to maintain their spot in the World Group.



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