LTA deny Becker link

2010-10-15 09:10

London - The British Lawn Tennis Association on Thursday rubbished reports they are in talks with former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker over a coaching role.

A report on Thursday claimed Becker had expressed an interest in helping to develop young British players and could be a candidate for the British men's head coaching position recently vacated by Paul Annacone.

Three-time Wimbledon champion Becker, who has a house in London, is regarded as one of the all-time greats after winning six Grand Slam titles before retiring in 1999.

But the German has limited coaching experience and the LTA were quick to play down the report, with a spokesperson saying: "The Lawn Tennis Association is not involved in any dialogue with Boris Becker or his representatives about a role at the LTA."

Annacone - who is now coaching Roger Federer, Brad Gilbert and Peter Lundgren have all been involved in trying to improve men's tennis in Britain during that period, but only world number four Andy Murray has had sustained success on the ATP Tour in recent years.