Becker quits Davis Cup job after Kiefer fued

Boris Becker has resigned as coach to Germany's Davis Cup squad, the German tennis federation (DTB) announced today.

Boris Becker has resigned as coach to Germany's Davis Cup squad, the German tennis federation (DTB) announced today.

The three-time Wimbledon champion had been Davis Cup coach since October 1997 but his period in charge had been marked by quarrels and now the path is open for Nicolas Kiefer, ranked one in Germany and sixth in the world, to return to the team. The two men had a much-publicised feud.

"It was the only decision to take after the experiences of these recent months. During this year my name and my personality have been the subject of some irritation," said Becker.

"Now everyone - official or player - can serve without prejudice the interests of the Davis Cup team."

The reasons for the dispute between Becker and Kiefer are still not known.

The team's current captain Carl Uwe Steeb will take over Becker's coaching duties while the three-time Wimbledon champion will take a diplomatic role with the DTB, liaising with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the men's ATP tour.

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