Boris Becker: India has huge untapped tennis potential

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Boris Becker believes India is an untapped resource of tennis talent and believes a bit more organisation could see a steady stream of players coming through the ranks.

The five-time Grand Slam champion was speaking in an interview with The Times of India when he was questioned over the state of the game in the country.

While acknowledging there were some household names when it came to Indian tennis, Becker felt there were fundamental problems with the identification and development of young talent in the country.

It is a situation Becker also revealed he was planning to remedy by setting up an academy to school and nurture young tennis talent in India.

“I know (Mahesh) Bhupathi. I know (Leander) Paes, of course, and (Rohan) Bopanna. I know Sania Mirza,” said the 45-year-old.

“But I am surprised that there are no more upcoming talented tennis players.

“I have seen that the sport as such is important in India, but at the moment, you don't have a tennis academy or a place of international level where the best ones can, you know, go to school in the morning and play tennis in the afternoon.

“So, my agenda is to push for this, when I come here. I am working on it."

Becker is taking his business ventures very seriously and also revealed he had curtailed his partying habits to concentrate more on this side of things.

The former world number one was once well-known for his lively social life, something he admitted, but insisted it was a thing of the past.

“My days of partying are over. I hate to tell you this, but I did my bit, I had my share of fun,” he added.

“I am happily married now, I have four kids, they demand a lot of my time and I have to take care of my business. I don't mind a Saturday night out, but my days of partying are over."

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