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Volume 10 No. 22
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German Tennis Federation Calls On Sports Minister For Financial Support Of Male Players

The German Tennis Federation's (DTB) advisory board "is hoping to receive financial support for its male players," according to the DPA. Board member Jürgen Weber said, "€200,000 to €300,000 ($265,000-$397,000) would already help us to finance coaches for our youth players. The DTB is unfortunately so poor that this little amount would already be a huge support. Unfortunately, we also don't get any money from the DOSB (German Olympic Sports Association)." While Germany's female players "are supported through the Porsche Team, the male players do not have such a program." Weber added, "In my opinion, Sports Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has to dig a little into his pockets. I already have had talks with him, and the minister gave me some hope" (DPA, 7/26).