Berlin, 26 November 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Boris Becker is leaving the German Tennis Federation (DTB) and will give up his position as manager of men’s tennis at the end of the year, the governing body said on Wednesday.
“Working for the DTB has given me great pleasure in the past three and a half years. Unfortunately I currently lack the time to continue with this extensive task,” the three-times Wimbledon champion, 53, said in a statement.
The DTB announced that Davis Cup team boss Michael Kohlmann will take over the responsibility for men’s tennis.
Alexander Zverev is Germany’s top male tennis player but lost the US Open final in September as he failed to become the first German man to win a major since Becker at the Australian Open in 1996.
Becker, who is also a television commentator and lives in London, did not rule out one day returning to the role saying: “I will remain on friendly terms with the DTB.” The DTB said he would be welcome back.
The six-times grand slam champion did not make clear exactly what is taking up so much time in his life at present. But he is well known to have financial problems. Media reports say he worked for the DTB on a voluntary basis.
“Of course we regret this decision, but we also fully understand it,” DTB sports director Klaus Eberhard said. “With his great expertise and his personality, Boris has made an impact in competitive sport at all levels.”
Becker‘s relationship with Zverev was up and down.
At the start of the year, he said of Zverev’s lacklustre performances: “He is trapped somewhere in a dark room and is looking for the light switch.”