Boris Becker makes a racquet about Cycle Hire

Tennis legend saddles up to back London’s Boris Bikes
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German tennis star Boris Becker has been drafted in to promote the forthcoming roll out of Barclays Cycle Hire to casual users.

Transport for London is launching the hire scheme to non-members on December 3rd. All cyclists need is a Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card when they hire a bike from one of the docking stations.

Becker's affiliation with London dates back to 1985, when he won the Wimbledon title at the age of 17. Becker is currently acting as ambassador for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals held at the O2 this week.

“London has many fond memories for me - I still have a home in Wimbledon and enjoy being part of the community,” enthused Becker. “The Mayor’s Barclays Cycle Hire bikes are certainly transforming the city for the better. It’s a great way of getting around and also seeing the sights that are on offer, whilst at the same time it is environmentally friendly and allows people to get active.

“I am sure that many German visitors, and others from across the world, will be using the scheme when it is available to casual users.”

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