11/1/12 8:31 PM | Johan Lindahl
The German Davis Cup squad is in disarray after longtime captain Patrick Kuhnen quit after a decade at the helm. And reports indicated that Boris Becker is already lobbying to get the job.
Kuhnen, a former player in the Becker era of two decades ago, stepped down as the result of a feud with German player Philipp Kohlschreiber, who has recently refused to play for the team as long as Kuhnen is in charge.
The changing of the guard throws the team into chaos prior to the first tie of 2013 against powerhouse Argentina. "In the past weeks I got the impression that I was missing the necessary support and backing from the German tennis federation (DTB)," Kuehnen said in a statement. "So I have no basis of trust to continue working together and I end at this point the talks for continuing my work at the DTB."
The spat between the former captain and Kohlschreiber began early in the year, with "Kohli" accusing Kuhnen of failing to support him after remarks by former hero Tommy Haas critical of Kohlschreiber's commitment to the Davis cause after missing a 2012 first-round date with Argentine due to illness.
The row has taken on a life of its own, with Kuhnen ultimately becoming the victim after German results have plummeted in recent seasons in the worldwide team competition.
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