Boris Becker

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Boris is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from Germany and one of the game’s greatest-ever stars. He is a six-time Grand Slam singles champion and an Olympic gold medallist.

Biography

Boris Becker was raised as a Catholic in the quaint German town Leimen. His father worked as an architect and founded the city’s tennis academy where Boris would learn his trade.

He turned pro in 1984 with Ion Tiriac as manager and won his first title the following year at Queen’s Club. The German’s entertaining serve-and-volley style suited the fast-paced grass court and his flamboyant diving shots endeared him to British crowds. Becker then shook the sporting world by becoming the youngest ever player to win Wimbledon at just 17.

And to prove it wasn’t a fluke, he defended his title the following year against Ivan Lendl in the final, thrashing the then world no. 1 in a memorable straight-sets victory.

Boris Becker diving volley In the early 90s Boris began a fierce rivalry with Stefan Edberg, the two meeting 35 times between 1984 and 1986. Unfortunately for Becker, Edberg saved his best form for the big occasion, winning three of their four Grand Slam encounters, despite Becker’s dominance over the Swede in all other competitions.

Boris would often compete against fellow compatriot Michael Stich, with the the 1991 Wimbledon final often cited by tennis fans as one of the sport’s greatest matches. Stich’s huge serve and crisp baseline play frustrated Becker who was unable to find his rhythm. Stich took the match in straight sets. However, the two united to scoop the men’s doubles gold-medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona the following year.

Boris also had success on the international stage, winning all the major team titles with Germany. His record in the Davis Cup is 54 wins and 12 loses in doubles and 38 wins to 3 loses in singles.

Upon his retirement the BBC hired Becker as a pundit and commentator alongside other such characters and greats of the game as John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. Boris Becker holds a place in the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Tennis Magazine placed him in 18th place on its list of the 40 greatest tennis players from 1965 to 2005.

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