Six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker has decided to leave his post at the German Tennis Federation at the end of the year because he says he no longer has the time to fulfil his role there.
It was a pleasure for me to visit all federal training centres and to deal intensively with the national coaches, but above all with the children and young people... I will remain on friendly terms with the DTB and can imagine, if my time allows, to take on an even bigger task at the DTB if the opportunity arises.” Boris Becker
The German, who has been overseeing youth development and the national Davis Cup team on behalf of the DTB since 2017, announced his decision on Wednesday.
“Working for the DTB has given me great pleasure over the past three and a half years,” Becker said in a statement on the federation website. “Unfortunately, I currently don’t have the time to continue doing this extensive task.
“It was a pleasure for me to visit all federal training centres and to deal intensively with the national coaches, but above all with the children and young people.
“It was a great honour for me to lead German tennis in the men’s and junior division together with Michael Kohlmann, and I am convinced that he will continue to do this great job on his own.
“I will remain on friendly terms with the DTB and can imagine, if my time allows, to take on an even bigger task at the DTB if the opportunity arises.”
The 53-year old has been charged in London over accusations he hid assets including two Wimbledon trophies, including the 1985 Wimbledon men’s cup that catapulted him to sporting stardom, plus real estate and bank accounts during bankruptcy proceedings and could face several years in prison if convicted.
Becker, who lives in London, is due in court accused of not complying with obligations to disclose information after being declared bankrupt in 2017 and is being prosecuted by the Insolvency Service.
He was arraigned on a series of charges last month, including concealing more than £1 million ($1.8 million) held in bank accounts, as well as property, and is also accused of removing hundreds of thousands of pounds by transferring it to other accounts, including to former wife Barbara Becker, and estranged wife Sharlely ‘Lilly’ Becker.
He also has many commitments as a TV analyst.
DTB President Ulrich Klaus has left the door open for a return for Becker, stressing that the work he has being doing was on a voluntary basis.
“Boris Becker made an outstanding contribution to the German Tennis Association in this role,” Klaus said “We are extremely grateful to him that he was available to us with this voluntary commitment.
“The Davis Cup weeks with him will remain fond memories.
“We hope and would be very happy if there is another opportunity in the future to involve Boris Becker in the association.”
Klaus Eberhard, DTB’s Sports Director added: “Of course we regret this decision, but we also fully understand it.
“With his great expertise and personality, Boris has set a lot of impulses at all levels in competitive sports.”
It is reported by the Mail Online that Becker has been flouting lockdown regulations by travelling to Dubai and not self-isolating on his return, plus he has made a trip to Dublin, and dined at a London restaurant where he stayed for 2 hours despite regulations stating only takeaways are allowed.
He was also seen entering the restaurant without a mask on.