SHENZHEN, China, March 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Tennis superstar, former World No. 1, Boris Becker is teaming up with the Mission Hills Group, aiming to develop the sport in China and unearth Chinese Grand Slam champions.
In conjunction with Mission Hills, the six-time Grand Slam champion will simultaneously create World's first Boris Becker Tennis Academy in China.
During a visit to the site, the legendary German said: "I am passionate about helping young tennis players to develop and it is my great hope that here at the Boris Becker Tennis Academy at Mission Hills we can uncover China's next generation of tennis stars, and set them on their way to becoming Grand Slam contenders."
"Clearly there is tremendous talent and potential among young tennis players in China."
"To progress to the next levels, it's imperative not only to provide outstanding facilities, such as those we have here at Mission Hills, but also to offer more opportunity to play tournaments."
"I believe that the Boris Becker Tennis Academy at Mission Hills will stimulate greater interest in the sport and prove the ideal training ground for boys and girls with the ambition to become world stars."
Tenniel Chu, Mission Hills' Vice Chairman, said: "We are excited to welcome Boris Becker to China and to announce a co-operation between him and Mission Hills that will result in the creation of the world's number one tennis academy."
"Mission Hills is already acknowledged as China's highest-rated golf and leisure resort - and the world's largest golf club."
"With the support and direct input of Boris, Mission Hills can now further cement its position as the pre-eminent tennis venue in China."
In December 2013, Becker assumed the role of coach to Novak Djokovic. Of Becker, Djokovic speaks glowingly. He said: "Boris is a true legend, someone who has great tennis knowledge. His experience has helped me win new trophies, Grand Slams and other tournaments."
For more than 20 years, Mission Hills has been at the forefront of tennis development in China. Mission Hills has hosted hundreds of tennis tournaments and been the training ground for the country's national team. With the increasing population of the tennis players in China and the Olympic games in the upcoming August, the partnership between Mission Hills and Boris Becker will further popularized the game in China.
SOURCE Mission Hills