Former World No. 1 Boris Becker, of Germany, was on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony at the Boris Becker International Tennis Academy in Hochheim am Main.
Boris Becker at the launch of the International Tennis Academy in Hochheim am Main
Boris Becker, who was present at the groundbreaking ceremony, said, "After two years of planning, we are looking forward to the Tennis Academy in Hochheim and I am proud to be able to give my name to this academy."
The € 20 million project therefore includes the largest indoor tennis hall in the world, a 4-star hotel, a restaurant, a swimming pool, a tennis shop and even a Boris Becker Museum. The opening of the first phase is planned for autumn 2020.
From next summer, up to 270 students will be trained on the site. According to the academy website, "The Boris Becker International Tennis Academy teaches in English and maintains close contact with American universities.
This is how the start into the international professional world of tennis is successful. From grade 5 to graduation (grade 13), students enjoy individual supervision in small classes with a maximum of 10 to 15 students. With 270 beds, the boarding house also offers communal living space for relaxation."
Becker posted an update on the same on his social media account as well.
Boris Becker is a German former world No.
1 and won the first of his six major singles titles at age 17. His Grand Slam singles titles included three Wimbledons, two Australian Opens and one US Open. He also won five year-end championships, 13 Masters Series titles and an Olympic gold medal in doubles.
Since his playing career ended, he has engaged in numerous ventures, including coaching Novak Djokovic for three years, and working in the field of poker. In December 2013, Novak Djokovic announced that Becker would become his head coach for the 2014 season.
In December 2016, Djokovic and Becker parted ways. Over the three seasons they worked together, Becker contributed to Djokovic's six Grand Slam titles and 14 Masters 1000 titles. In August 2017, Becker was named the head of men's tennis of the German Tennis Federation.
Boris Becker has also been in the news recently for taking a stand on racism for which he received a lot of criticism on social media.