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Sunday, 14 July, 2002, 14:53 GMT 15:53 UK
Becker again hits the headlines
Boris Becker at Weissenhof tennis club in Stuttgart
Boris Becker in the spotlight - but not only for his tennis playing
Retired tennis star Boris Becker, it seems, is never out of the media spotlight.

A probe into alleged tax evasion, believed to total $4.75m, is just the latest twist in his real-life soap opera.


Now a new scandal threatens

Frankfurter Allgemeiner Zeitung

The headline in the tabloid Bild sums up the mood in several German papers.

"Boris: Once again in trouble over his taxes!", it proclaims.

The same picture of the three-time Wimbledon champion is used in the broadsheets Die Welt and the Frankfurter Allgemeiner Zeitung.

With dark sunglasses and ice-blonde hair, "Boris Becker remains totally cool," reads the caption in the Frankfurt-based daily.

The paper notes that after acting as a commentator for the BBC at this year's Wimbledon tournament, Mr Becker moved away from his starring role in divorce proceedings and in the gossip columns, back to the sporting arena.

"But now a new scandal threatens," the paper laments.

Fallen hero

Yet the German papers never seem to tire of the exploits of their "tennis hero".

"Boris Becker, the greatest German tennis player of all time", is how Bild begins its report on the probe into the latest revelations.


Less fun awaits the 34 year-old at the Munich public prosecutor's office

Berliner Morgenpost

The Berliner Morgenpost picks up on the idea of Boris Becker as a hero one minute and a villain the next.

The paper says he swings constantly from joy to frustration.

It describes Mr Becker's three-set win over former Davis Cup captain Carl-Uwe Steeb in a demonstration match at a recent Stuttgart tournament.

"For men of a certain age tennis should above all be fun," the paper cites Mr Becker as saying after the match.

"Less fun awaits the 34 year-old at the Munich public prosecutor's office," it remarks.

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