Boris Becker, a former tennis great who once held the title of world number one and won six Grand Slams, has been warmly received by the German tennis community after his release from a London prison.
Becker, who was sentenced to two-and-a-half years for violating insolvency rules, was invited to the recent Davis Cup loss to Switzerland in Trier as a "friend of the team". Despite the defeat, Becker's presence was a source of inspiration and encouragement for the players.
Alexander Zverev, the current German number one, spoke highly of Becker and his impact on German tennis. In an interview with tabloid Bild, Zverev said:
"We (German tennis) welcome him with open arms. Boris knows how it's done. It doesn't matter whether it's a player, a coach, the DTB or anyone else, he can help everywhere."
Becker's return to the sport was not just a boost for the players, but also for the fans. Many have taken to social media to express their excitement and admiration for Becker, who is widely considered to be one of the best tennis players of all time. He has inspired many young tennis players over the years and continues to do so, even after his time in prison.
Davis Cup teammate Oscar Otte was one of the many players who praised Becker's presence during the match. Otte said:
"He said some really good things to me during the warm-up. That helps enormously. There's a lot of experience. We're all very happy he's back."
While Becker's return to German tennis may have been unofficial for now, there is speculation that he may return to his former role as Head of Men's Tennis with the German Tennis Association. Regardless of his future role, Becker's return to the sport has been met with open arms and he will continue to inspire and encourage players for years to come.