Boris Becker is officially named the head of men's tennis by the German Tennis Federation. Barbara Rittner named head of women's tennis. ? pic.twitter.com/IbRSxU5xuw — DW Sports (@dw_sports) August 23, 2017German 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. For years, Germans were captivated by the victories of Becker and Steffi Graf on the tour and would sit through hours of daily tennis on television. But tennis-mania in the country gradually ebbed as success became rarer and sponsor money dried up in the early 2000s, with the sport dropping down the popularity pecking order. Becker, who has endured a difficult relationship with the German media, had a hugely successful spell coaching former world number one Novak Djokovic from 2013 to 2016, a period in which the Serb won six of his 12 grand slam titles.
"My image internationally is different than what is projected in Germany," said Becker, who will continue living in London. He was declared bankrupt by a court in London in June after failing to pay a long-standing debt to UK-based private bankers since 2015. Becker, who underwent ankle surgery recently and is on crutches, said the deal for his new role would run at least until the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. "This is the new DTB. I had my problems with the old DTB but that is in the past now. The timing seems to fit now. We will do it until the Olympics in Japan and then we will see," he said.
Boris Becker appointed head of German men's tennis https://t.co/8nltM3PO07— Telegraph Sport (@TelegraphSport) August 23, 2017