Becker draws the crowds

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Boris Becker is winding down his career, but the three-times Wimbledon champion is still a magnet for the public when he plays in Germany.

Over 3,000 people watched him practice yesterday for a tournament he has never won, the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart.

Becker plays his opening game today, but his fellow German, Marc Goellner, is already through to the second round, having overcome Richey Reneberg, when the American was forced to retire in the third set because of back problems.