BERLIN: Tennis legend Boris Becker has said he is excited to see who will replace Germany’s Davis Cup captain Patrik Kuehnen who announced his resignation yesterday after ten years in charge.
“It’s a pity that Patrik Kuehnen is no longer the Davis Cup team boss,” Becker wrote on his Twitter account with Kuehnen set to leave at the start of 2013.
“Patrik has done a great job for the last 10 years in difficult conditions. I am very excited about who his successor will be.”
Becker added he wants to speak to Kuehnen about the current situation within the German Tennis Federation (DTB) with no obvious successor in sight.
“I only want to speak to Patrik first before I say anything concrete,” the 44-year-old Becker said, having been part of the German team which won the Davis Cup in 1988 and 1989. Kuehnen took over from Michael Stich in September 2002 as Germany’s captain and his best result was the semi-final defeat to Russia in 2007.
Having had a public fall out with Germany’s top ranked player Philipp Kohlschreiber earlier this year, Kuehnen announced he is stepping down via email.
“In recent weeks, I have had the impression that I am lacking the necessary support and backing of the German Tennis Federation (DTB),” said the 46-year-old in a statement.
“I therefore do not trust the basis for further cooperation and at this point, I end my talks with the DTB about continuing my work.
“I wish the whole team, my successor and the DTB success for the future,” the former coach added yesterday. AFP