Boris Becker’s return as a TV commentator is one thing above all: expected news. The man is drawn to television. Always. And again and again. Only a few days after his deportation from England, he sat in the Sat.1 studio to give an impressive and exclusive report on his time in British prison. A documentary series on the Apple TV streaming service will follow shortly. The fact that he will also resume his work as a commentator and analyst at Eurosport at the Australian Open – as the broadcaster announced on Tuesday – fits into the picture. Boris Becker is still Boris Becker. He can’t help it. He doesn’t want anything else.
Just three weeks after he was released early from detention for bankruptcy offenses thanks to the deportation regulations in England, many things seem to be the same again. The “Bild” newspaper is further informed about all the turmoil in Becker’s private life. He speaks publicly about wanting another child. The gossip press speculates with relish about an imminent third marriage. One can find all this embarrassing. Or unwise. One can ask for more humility. Or that he should have drawn different conclusions from his criminal misconduct. But this behavior is also authentic. Becker is looking for the public. He can’t help it. He doesn’t want anything else.
However, his comeback at Eurosport is fundamentally different than his return to the tabloids. Because probably in none of his activities after his great playing career has he done such a good job as an expert in tennis broadcasts. Becker’s analyzes are well-founded, eloquent and sometimes humorous. In 2018 he won the German Television Award. And so Becker’s return as a commentator is ultimately something more than just an expected message from the never-ending continuous radio of Becker-News: It’s also good news for tennis fans in front of the screen.