The city council at Hochheim am Main in Germany has given the green light to build the Boris Becker International Tennis Academy. The city council has also given the go-ahead as regards the proposed resolution for the planned tennis academy, thus making the project plausible. Investor Khaled Ezzedine has got the building permit for the same.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 18 and tennis legend Boris Becker officially kicked off the construction of the 22 million euro project, which is expected to be completed in Autumn 2021. The excavators started work shortly after that.
Stated the celebrated tennis player, “It is great that the plans were carried out despite the coronavirus menace. The project didn’t wobble, but there was no planning certainty. It is therefore a small miracle that we are here today despite the pandemic.”
Talking about the huge negative effects of COVID-19, the three-time Wimbledon winner said, “Ninety percent of players rely on prize money. You have no high advertising revenue and no protection. Many have therefore considered whether they have to look for another profession. At times they weren’t even allowed to give tennis lessons.”
The Boris Becker International Tennis Academy is scheduled to open this year in Hochheim am Main, Hesse, in Germany. Young tennis talents from all over the globe will be trained in the Academy. “I see myself as the patron. Where Boris Becker is on it, Boris Becker must also be in it,” stated the tennis great.
Boris Becker is a German former world No. 1 professional tennis player. He was successful from the start of his career, winning the first of his six major singles titles at the age of 17. His Grand Slam singles titles included three Wimbledon, two Australian Open and one US Open.
So far, there has been no discord as regards implementing the project. The City Council in Hochheim am Main greenlighted the administrative proposal unopposed for the planned tennis academy. Construction is scheduled to begin in five to seven weeks’ time.
The tab of the project is being picked up by real estate entrepreneur of Germany Khaled Ezzedine, who is investing around 20 million euros in the academy.
“I am glad that the decision was clear and that the academy received so much support. It was actually clear in advance that there was widespread public acceptance, but sometimes political processes are unpredictable. Because of the coronavirus crisis the decisions have been delayed recently, but from now on everything will go quickly,” asserted Ezzedine.
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