The US Open (today) begins on Monday, August 28. Boris Becker would have been on site as an expert for “sportdeutschland.tv”. The broadcaster surprisingly secured the rights to the last Grand Slam tournament of the year until 2027. But the German tennis icon was not even allowed to enter the US. Baker was not present on site in New York due to visa problems.
Instead, the tennis legend was turned on remotely. Baker is joined by Michael Stach for commentary. Nevertheless, Boris Becker still hasn’t given up hope of being able to fly to the US Open. “Dear American officials see it very clearly,” said the former tennis player during the game between Dominic Thiem and Kazakh Alexander Bublik.
“Of course I have a different visa than you based on my history but that was filed a long time ago. Now I sit on my packed suitcase, said Baker, and I look forward every day to positive news that I can pick up my passport and fly across the pond to you.
Baker was in steady use this year. He did not miss a single Grand Slam tournament. He commentated on the Australian Open and the French Open for Eurosport. Baker commentated on the Wimbledon tournament remotely for Sky Italia. His lawyer Christian-Oliver Moser told the German press agency: “My client applied at the right time for the required visa to the USA and expects it to be issued on time. When the visa is there, he immediately gets on the plane.”