How tennis won the Davis Cup with Trier’s Boris Becker – SWR Aktuell

In 1988, Eric Jellen from Trier participated in considered one of the greatest successes in German tennis with Boris Becker. They will meet once more this weekend at the Davis Cup in Trier.

From the Scandinavian stand in Gothenburg, the German followers chanted: “Two extra. Only two,” he shouted. On December 19, 1988, Eric Yehlen of Trier was on the service line and two factors away from his best victory.

In entrance of him is his doubles associate Boris Becker. The two may make tennis historical past that day.

German Davis Cup group in 1988. from left to proper: Boris Becker, Eric Jellen, Patrick Kuenen, Karl Uwe Steb and captain Niki Pilich



The doubles match towards Swede Edberg/Jerryd lasted three hours at this level. The German double took a 5-2 lead in the fifth set. Sensation appears potential. But Eric Yellen made two service errors. Swedish followers rejoice.

“It was an awesome stress. There can be extra relaxed moments than the final service recreation to win the Davis Cup.”

Boris Becker rolled the match ball. Jelen grabbed his companion and lifted him up. The feeling is nice. They defeated the Swedes in their very own corridor and won the Davis Cup for the first time for the German group. The stress at the essential moments was immense. After all, it was about successful the Davis Cup, Jalen remembers to at the present time.

SAT-1 commentator Sven-Arne Horn even won the 1954 World Cup in Bern. Jelen says: “You are happy with what you have got mastered.”

The 1988 Davis Cup winners around Boris Becker and Eric Jellen are honored 30 years later by the German Tennis Association (Photo: dpa Bildfunk, picture alliance/dpa | Arne Dedert)

The group that introduced the Davis Cup to Germany for the first time in 2019 can be honored once more by the German Tennis Association after 30 years. Boris Becker and Eric Yellen in the center. Patrick Kuennen, left. On the proper is Charlie Stieb, who defeated the then world primary Mats Wilander, thus changing into the hero of Gothenburg.

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Tennis court docket after college

In the early Seventies, the profession of the greatest Trier tennis participant of all time appeared already on the playing cards. Eric Jelen grew up in a tennis-loving household. Our 5-12 months-outdated brother is all the time on the area.

“At first I could not resist my youthful brother. He was larger and higher. When I used to be 13-14 years outdated, the water turned.”

As a child, former Trier tennis player Eric Jellen spent every free minute on the tennis courts in Trier.  Like an eight-year-old ball boy at a tournament (Image: SWR)

When one thing was happening at TC Trier, Eric Yehlen was all the time there. As an eight-12 months-outdated boy at the 1973 Rhineland Tennis Championships.


Jelen’s mom is a eager tennis participant and a number of Rhineland champion. His older brother, Alexander, who’s 5 years older, is now chairman of the tennis membership in Trier, the place they each realized their first forehands and backhands. “I did not stand an opportunity towards him then. He was a lot older than me. But then the tide turned.”

Communication with Boris Becker was by no means damaged

She had a protracted friendship with her then associate Boris Becker. They met in coaching programs after they had been younger. They had been in fixed contact.

It was tougher to satisfy in the mid-Eighties, Elen remembers with a smile: “Boris won Wimbledon in 1985 and I needed to be a part of the military. You do not see one another fairly often.”

“Boris is a really shut good friend at the moment. We saved in contact even after he was launched from jail.”

The two winners of the 1988 Davis Cup, Boris Becker and Eric Jellen, have never lost touch and are still friends today.  (Photo: IMAGO, Jan Hübner)

Boris Becker and Erik Yelen didn’t overlook one another even after their taking part in days. They needed to deal with one another professionally.


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Today, Eric Jelen works as a coach and guide at the Lower Rhine Tennis Association. Previously, he labored in sports activities advertising. Among different issues, for a corporation owned by Boris Becker. The connection was by no means damaged. “I saved in contact with him even after he was launched from jail,” says Jelen.

Two households meet at the Davis Cup in Trier

He seems to be ahead to seeing you once more in Trier. On the one hand, with a “sports activities” household. Because alongside with Boris Becker, Karl-Uwe Stieb from the then Davis Cup group will even be in Trier. But principally to his mom and brother. They need to watch the Davis Cup match towards Switzerland collectively in the enviornment.

“My mom used to journey midway round the world to see me at the Davis Cup. She even went to Brazil. Now we will watch tennis in Trier. We’ve by no means executed that earlier than,” says Eric Yehlen. he smiled just a little.

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