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<br />Boris Becker believes it is "terrible" when young players employ their parents to coach them. <br />The former Wimbledon champion told the new Radio Times, published on Monday, that many parents get involved in their child's career because of the amount of money on offer in the modern game.

Becker said: "Both my parents were very competitive, although they didn't coach me and weren't too involved in my tennis career.

"They exposed me to many different sports and I just happened to win some junior tournaments because we lived near a tennis club. It wasn't really a plan they had.

<br />"A lot of young players nowadays pay their parents to support and coach them. It's terrible.

"My father was always my father - never my coach or manager.

"Many parents quit their day job and become mentor and manager to their young children, which is terrible for the development of the kid, and bad for the relationship with their parents.

"It happens too much because of the amount of money in the game."

Becker was Wimbledon's youngest-ever men's singles champion when he won the title aged 17 in 1985.

He told the Radio Times he found the adulation at the time bewildering.

"When I looked at the eyes of my fans I thought I was looking at monsters", Becker said.

"When I saw this kind of blind, emotional devotion, I could understand what happened to us in Nuremberg."
 

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Every parent is different, some prefer to be in their childrens lives and enjoy coaching. Becker is wrong for critising ALL parents. Uh Boris I think it wrong to get a quickie and play on your wife. I think it's wrong to avoid paying taxes. See Boris how easy it is to judge. I disagree with Boris Becker.
 

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as long as you say in an interview that you have difficulties to love your son then you should keep your big mouth over other parents, it`s such an incredible jerk. I can`t stand him <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" />
 

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Say WHAT irma?????? Becker said what?? Becker ought to go climb up in another broom closet somewhere, and do what he does best... cheap, sleazy sex.
 

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well, I agree with him to some extent...(quel surprise for me!!!)

some parents just don't know where to stop. I go to the juniors competitions quite often and I see tons of examples when parents literally torture their kids by putting all the pressure. It takes away the enjoyment part and makes this games a work.

I realize that it would be too difficult for kids to grow into a great champions without any parents support, but it's not impossible. Lindsay, whose mom barely got involved in her daughter's tennis career, is a great example. <img src="cool.gif" border="0">
 

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He does have a point... We can all cite cases where parents have had a very bad effect on their tennis kids. And, I think his point that he'd rather have had his father as a father rather than a coach is well made. It must strain a parent-child relationship for the parent to have to be the one constantly criticising and pushing the child's game forward.
 
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it really depends on the individual as a parent, and the individual as the child/player. for some this is best. take for instance players that immigrate from one nation to another to train. should their parents not take so much involvement and all that? if i sent my kid to spain id want to go with him/her and try to help develop themselves.

also its like a mid-life crisis you old people go through. you want to contribute to the posterity for some reason...because you think it will make you feel wanted. <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0"> <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" />
 

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He wasn't talking about parenting, he was talking about parents coaching. Please, don't confuse things, Dawn as usual.
 

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PEA sweetie, it is you who is so obviously CONFUSED! Go back and regroup and re-read my reply. Also go back and read the ENTIRE article okay. Becker is refering to PARENTING and coaching. He talks about his childhood and how his parents used their parenting skillz differently than alot of parent-coaches today. Also where in the hell did I say anything CONFUSING to your senses? Boris was wrong imho for critising all parents and how they wish to coach teach their children. He is nothing but a hypocrite who isn't even in his OWN children's live's. Imho he has no rhyme or reason to open his mouth concerning parenting issues and tennis. At least the parents he is refering too our IN their child's live's. And will watch them grow and really KNOW them. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Hey Irma join the club I can't stand him either. what a piss poor example of the common tennis dad. Ironic isn't it? <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" />

Boris just shut your mouth and go pay your taxes. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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I am really sorry to say this, but I really think Boris Becker, togather with John Mcenroe and Pat Cash find it really difficult to live in the life outside tennis, they seems to want to jump into someone bandwagon whenever it is possible. I have to say Boris reputation is plummeting right now, and it won't be soon until noon elisten to him again.

Regarding this issue, this has been said many time. But when the girl start on the tour, they are about 15-16 which is not even an adult yet, the parents has all the right to accompany them. although personally I think parents got some emotional when their daughters is winning or losing is wrong, but at the same time, it is really up to the players what work best for them
 

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What happen to the exhibition match Becker and McEnroe was suppose to put on after the Women's Us Open final????
 

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They are playing again in London, I think. Go to the atp site. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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I think Boris has a point in that many parent-coach relationships are unhealthy, but it's wrong to generalize and say it's "terrible" for a player to employ parent as a coach.

I do find it interesting that only females seem to use parents as their coaches. Jimmy Connors is the only male player I know who was coached by a parent.

I wonder if I'm going out on a limb by saying that domineering parents may have an easier time coaching a daughter rather than a competitive son who may be more rebellious.
 

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parents give thousands and thousands of pounds so their kids can play tennis and go to tournaments and hire coaches etc, i'm not surprised the parents stick around more... it means they don't have to hire some stranger to be with their kid all the time instead of being there themselves, and it means that there is total security and trust there... any other person can just bugger off at any time, a parent isn't going to do that.
 
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