Boris Becker - Former World No. 1 Tennis Star, Career and Life

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Boris Franz Becker is a former German tennis player and one of the most successful tennis players

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BirthdayNovember 22, 1967
NationalityGerman
FamousFormer World No. 1 Tennis Star, Sportspersons, Coaches, Tennis Players
SpousesSharlely
Known asBoris Franz Becker
Birth PlaceLeimen, West Germany
Height190cm
GenderMale
FatherGermany to Karl-Heinz Becker
MotherElvira Becker
Net Worth$35 million as of Sep 3,2016
Sun SignScorpio
Born inLeimen, West Germany
Famous asFormer World No. 1 Tennis Star

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Who is Boris Becker?

Boris Franz Becker is one of the most successful tennis players. At the age of 17, he was the youngest player to have won the Wimbledon men’s singles championship. He was also the first unranked player and the only German ever to have won this title. Becker also won five Grand Slam championships, 13 Masters Series titles, three Open era finals (ATP Tour Finals, WCT Finals, Grand Slam Cup) and the Olympic gold medal in doubles. Becker played his best on fast surfaces, mainly grass courts and indoor carpet. He was ranked the 11th best male player during 1965 to 2005 by the ‘Tennis’ magazine. Since his retirement, Becker has been engaged in expanding his chain of business, the Boris Becker Sports that sells tennis equipment and apparel. His personal life has been full of controversies. He was charged with tax evasion. He escaped imprisonment but could not evade a criminal record. He touched upon his marriage and divorce from model Barbara Feltus and his substance abuse in his autobiography, ‘Boris Becker: The Player’.

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Childhood & Early Life

Boris Becker was born on 22 November 1967 in Leimen, Germany to Karl-Heinz Becker, an architect and Elvira Becker.

Becker’s father built a tennis club (Blau-Weiss Tennisklub) in their town where Becker learned to play as a child.

Young Boris started playing competitively at the age of eight and at 11 he was playing in the adult divisions. He trained under Gunther Bosch.

In 1984, he got a manager, Ion Tiriac, who was also a famous coach. The same year he won his first doubles title in Munich.

Career

In 1985, Boris Becker won the Tennis World Young Masters at the NEC in Birmingham and first top-level singles title in June at Queen’s Club.

On 7 July 1985, his first breakthrough happened when he became the first unseeded German player to win the Wimbledon singles title by defeating Kevin Curren.

In 1986, Becker effectively defended his Wimbledon title by defeating Ivan Lendl in straight sets in the final.

In 1987 he was defeated in the second round of Wimbledon by the world no. 70 player, Peter Doohan.

In the 1987 Davis Cup, Becker and John McEnroe created a record by playing one of the longest matches ever which ended with Becker’s victory.

In 1988, Becker helped West Germany in winning the Davis Cup again along with the year-end Masters title in New York City and the season ending WCT Finals for the World Championship Tennis tour.

In 1989, he won two Grand Slam singles titles along with the Wimbledon final and the US Open final. The same year, he retained the Davis Cup by defeating Andre Agassi.

The year 1990 was a disappointing one as he lost the Wimbledon final and also failed to defend his US Open title.

In 1991, he won the final of the Australian Open for the first time and claimed the world no. 1 ranking.

In 1992, Becker teamed with Michael Stich to win the men's doubles gold medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona. He also won 1992 year-end ATP Tour World Championships in Frankfurt.

At the 1995 Wimbledon final, Becker lost to Pete Sampras but fought back in the reckoning by winning the year-end ATP Tour World Championships for the third and last time in Frankfurt.

In 1996, Becker won his sixth and final Grand Slam title by defeating Michael Chang in the final of the Australian Open.

In 1996, he won the Queen's Club Championships for the fourth time but could not play in the Wimbledon final because of a wrist fracture. Later that year, he won the Grand Slam Cup by defeating Goran Ivanisevic in the final.

In 1997, he lost to Pete Sampras in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

Boris Becker played Wimbledon the last time in 1999 but lost to Patrick Rafter. He retired on 25 June, 1999.

Post Retirement Activities

Since 2000, Becker has been the owner of the tennis division of Völkl Inc.

Since 2003, he has been a commentator for the BBC at Wimbledon.

He also serves on the advisory board of the German club, Bayern Munich.

Since 2014, he has been working as Novak Djokovic’s coach and has contributed to 5 of his 11 grand slam titles and 10 of his 26 masters 1000 titles.

Major Achievements

He is the youngest Wimbledon champion and the unseeded winner of singles title (1985). He has a record of winning 19 matches against World No.1 Player in the ATP Tour championship (1986–96) and winning 10 matches after trailing 0–2 in sets in the ATP Tour (1987–99).

He has won three professional awards: the ITF World Champion (1989), the ATP Player of the Year (1989) and the ATP Most Improved Player (1985).

In 2003, Becker was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Personal Life & Legacy

On 17 December 1993, Becker married actress and designer Barbara Feltus. The couple had two sons, Noah Gabriel and Elias Balthasar together. The couple divorced each other on 15 January 2001 after Barbara came to know about Becker’s child outside of marriage.

In February 2001, Becker acknowledged paternity of a daughter, Anna, the result of a sexual encounter in 1999 with Russian model Angela Ermakova.

Becker remarried on 12 June 2009 after proposing to Dutch model Sharlely "Lilly" Kerssenberg on a game show. In February 2010 they welcomed a son, Amadeus Benedict Edley Luis Becker.

Net Worth

Boris Becker’s net worth stands at $29 million. He has made career prize money of $25,080,956 and is 7th in the all-time tennis earners list.

Trivia

In 2013, he announced plans to form the International Premier Tennis League that will have mixed teams of top players.

He has apartments in Munich, Monaco, and Schwyz, London and Miami.

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Boris Becker biography timelines

  • // 1000 To 2014
    Since 2014, he has been working as Novak Djokovic’s coach and has contributed to 5 of his 11 grand slam titles and 10 of his 26 masters 1000 titles.
  • // 22nd Nov 1967
    Boris Becker was born on 22 November 1967 in Leimen, Germany to Karl-Heinz Becker, an architect and Elvira Becker.
  • // 1984
    In 1984, he got a manager, Ion Tiriac, who was also a famous coach. The same year he won his first doubles title in Munich.
  • // 1985
    In 1985, Boris Becker won the Tennis World Young Masters at the NEC in Birmingham and first top-level singles title in June at Queen’s Club.
  • // 7th Jul 1985
    On 7 July 1985, his first breakthrough happened when he became the first unseeded German player to win the Wimbledon singles title by defeating Kevin Curren.
  • // 1986
    In 1986, Becker effectively defended his Wimbledon title by defeating Ivan Lendl in straight sets in the final.
  • // 1987
    In 1987 he was defeated in the second round of Wimbledon by the world no. 70 player, Peter Doohan.
  • // 1987
    In the 1987 Davis Cup, Becker and John McEnroe created a record by playing one of the longest matches ever which ended with Becker’s victory.
  • // 1988
    In 1988, Becker helped West Germany in winning the Davis Cup again along with the year-end Masters title in New York City and the season ending WCT Finals for the World Championship Tennis tour.
  • // 1989
    In 1989, he won two Grand Slam singles titles along with the Wimbledon final and the US Open final. The same year, he retained the Davis Cup by defeating Andre Agassi.
  • // 1990
    The year 1990 was a disappointing one as he lost the Wimbledon final and also failed to defend his US Open title.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, he won the final of the Australian Open for the first time and claimed the world no. 1 ranking.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, Becker teamed with Michael Stich to win the men's doubles gold medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona. He also won 1992 year-end ATP Tour World Championships in Frankfurt.
  • // 17th Dec 1993 To 15th Jan 2001
    On 17 December 1993, Becker married actress and designer Barbara Feltus. The couple had two sons, Noah Gabriel and Elias Balthasar together. The couple divorced each other on 15 January 2001 after Barbara came to know about Becker’s child outside of marriage.
  • // 1995
    At the 1995 Wimbledon final, Becker lost to Pete Sampras but fought back in the reckoning by winning the year-end ATP Tour World Championships for the third and last time in Frankfurt.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, Becker won his sixth and final Grand Slam title by defeating Michael Chang in the final of the Australian Open.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, he won the Queen's Club Championships for the fourth time but could not play in the Wimbledon final because of a wrist fracture. Later that year, he won the Grand Slam Cup by defeating Goran Ivanisevic in the final.
  • // 1997
    In 1997, he lost to Pete Sampras in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
  • // Feb 1999 To Feb 2001
    In February 2001, Becker acknowledged paternity of a daughter, Anna, the result of a sexual encounter in 1999 with Russian model Angela Ermakova.
  • // 25th Jun 1999
    Boris Becker played Wimbledon the last time in 1999 but lost to Patrick Rafter. He retired on 25 June, 1999.
  • // 2000
    Since 2000, Becker has been the owner of the tennis division of Völkl Inc.
  • // 2003
    Since 2003, he has been a commentator for the BBC at Wimbledon.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, Becker was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
  • // 12th Jun 2009 To Feb 2010
    Becker remarried on 12 June 2009 after proposing to Dutch model Sharlely "Lilly" Kerssenberg on a game show. In February 2010 they welcomed a son, Amadeus Benedict Edley Luis Becker.
  • // 2013
    In 2013, he announced plans to form the International Premier Tennis League that will have mixed teams of top players.

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Boris Becker's FAQ

  • What is Boris Becker birthday?

    Boris Becker was born at 1967-11-22

  • Where is Boris Becker's birth place?

    Boris Becker was born in Leimen, West Germany

  • What is Boris Becker nationalities?

    Boris Becker's nationalities is German

  • Who is Boris Becker spouses?

    Boris Becker's spouses is Sharlely

  • How tall is Boris Becker?

    Boris Becker's height is 190

  • Who is Boris Becker's father?

    Boris Becker's father is Germany to Karl-Heinz Becker

  • Who is Boris Becker's mother?

    Boris Becker's mother is Elvira Becker

  • What is Boris Becker's sun sign?

    Boris Becker is Scorpio

  • How famous is Boris Becker?

    Boris Becker is famouse as Former World No. 1 Tennis Star