Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker was yesterday appointed as head of men's tennis in his home country as the German federation, or DTB, looks to revive the once hugely popular sport.
In his new capacity he will also be consulting Davis Cup players as well as all top German players, as the former powerhouse looks to reduce the gap with strong tennis nations. A former world No. 1 who won six grand slams as a player, Becker was also a former Davis Cup coach for Germany from 1997 to 1999 but had an uneasy relationship with the federation. He won 49 singles titles overall, two Davis Cup crowns and also clinched Olympic doubles gold with Michael Stich at the Barcelona Games in 1992. "Tennis is a matter of the heart for me. It is what I can do best," Becker told reporters. "I love this sport. I love this country and I am happy again to play an important role in German tennis." German men have not won a grand slam singles title since Becker's 1996 Australian Open victory and the last German man to win Wimbledon was Stich back in 1991.