Boris Becker
former World No. 1 professional tennis player from Germany
Boris Becker
Boris Franz Becker is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from Germany. He is a six-time Grand Slam singles champion, an Olympic gold medalist, and the youngest-ever winner of the men's singles title at Wimbledon at the age of 17. Becker also won five major indoor championships titles including three ATP Masters World Tour Finals (played eight finals, second all-time to Ivan Lendl, who played nine) and one WCT Finals and one Grand Slam Cup.
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Sharapova deserves second chance, says Becker
Yahoo News - 13 days
By Claire Bloomfield MONACO (Reuters) - Boris Becker believes Maria Sharapova has paid her dues and deserves a second chance when she returns to tennis in April at the end of her 15-month doping ban. Sharapova, a five-times grand slam champion, failed a dope test for the drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open and was suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The Russian's ban was then cut by nine months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last October, meaning the Russian is free to return from April 26.
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Tennis - Record-seeking Djokovic deflects Becker jab
Yahoo News - about 1 month
- Novak Djokovic said he wasn't planning to replace Boris Becker in his coaching team and deflected criticism from the German about his work-rate as he prepared to defend his Australian Open title on Saturday. Djokovic, seeking a record seventh Australian Open crown after being ousted as world number one by Andy Murray, heads into the year's first Grand Slam with long-time coach Marian Vajda and his newly appointed assistant Dusan Vemic. Djokovic sidestepped a question about Becker's remarks that the Serb's training intensity had dropped during a sudden plunge in form in the second half of 2016.
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Djokovic splits with coach Becker
Yahoo News - 3 months
Tennis world number two Novak Djokovic has split with coach Boris Becker three years after adding the German multiple grand slam winner to his team. Serbian Djokovic, who won six of his 12 major titles after hiring Becker but has suffered a slump in form over the past six months, confirmed their parting of ways on his website on Tuesday. "After three very successful years, Boris Becker and I have jointly decided to end our cooperation," Djokovic, who lost his number one ranking to Andy Murray last month, said.
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Djokovic, Becker splitting after 3 seasons, 6 major titles
Yahoo News - 3 months
Novak Djokovic and coach Boris Becker are splitting up after three seasons — and a half-dozen Grand Slam titles — as a pair.
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Becker: Djokovic needs Nadal and Federer
CNN - 3 months
It's a difficult time for Novak Djokovic and his team. Few will be reeling more from the Serb's failure to reclaim the world No. 1 ranking than his head coach Boris Becker.
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Tennis-Fathers who have won grand slam titles
Yahoo News - 8 months
LONDON, July 10 (Reuters) - Following Andy Murray's triumph in the men's singles at Wimbledon on Sunday, this is a list of men who have won grand slam singles titles since 1980 after becoming fathers: Player Majors won after becoming a father Jimmy Connors (U.S.) Wimbledon (1982) U.S. Open (1982, 1983) Pat Cash (Australia) Wimbledon (1987) Andres Gomez (Ecuador) French Open (1990) Boris Becker (Germany) Australian Open (1996) Petr Korda (Czech Republic) Australian Open (1998) Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Russia) Australian Open (1999) Albert Costa (Spain) French Open (2002) Andre Agassi (U.S. ...
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Tennis-Djokovic shows rare fallibility in shock loss to Querrey
Yahoo News - 8 months
* Djokovic knocked out by American Querrey * Defeat ends Serbian's 30-match winning run in grand slams (Adds details) By Martyn Herman LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic is fallible after all, as American powerhouse Sam Querrey proved in stunning fashion to stop the Serb's seemingly unstoppable charge towards a calendar year grand slam at a rain-hit Wimbledon on Saturday. Top seed and defending champion Djokovic had trailed by two sets overnight after the Court One clash was stopped by rain on Friday but such is the 29-year-old's aura that most expected him to turn it around, just as he did when faced with a similar predicament against Kevin Anderson last year. Djokovic appeared distracted at times, looking up to Boris Becker in his coaching box, but was primed to level the match when he served at 5-4 in the fourth, only for Querrey to break.
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Tennis-Murray downs Raonic to win record fifth Queen's title
Yahoo News - 8 months
(Adds details, quotes) LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) - Andy Murray became the first player to hold aloft the super-sized Queen's Club trophy for a fifth time after he beat big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic 6-7(5) 6-4 6-3 in the final of the Aegon Championships on Sunday. The British top seed's title hopes appeared to be faltering when he trailed by a set and 3-0 down in the second set but the 2013 Wimbledon champion drew on his greater grasscourt pedigree to turn the match around. Murray, who also hoisted the trophy in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015, had shared the previous record of four Queen's titles with seven other men, including Boris Becker, Roy Emerson and Raonic's new grasscourt coach John McEnroe.
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Murray sets sights on record fifth Queen's crown
Yahoo News - 9 months
Andy Murray has set his sights on the perfect warm-up for Wimbledon as the world number two eyes a record fifth title at Queen's Club. Murray won his fourth Queen's crown last year to equal the record set by John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Boris Becker and Roy Emerson. After losing in his first French Open final appearance against Novak Djokovic earlier this month, Murray is back on the practice courts in west London ahead of Monday's start at Queen's and will face French world number 49 Nicolas Mahut in the first round.
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Next generation ready to break out of the shadows in tennis
Yahoo News - 10 months
At Indian Wells this year the men's Tour launched its ATP#NextGen campaign to promote rising stars aged 21 and under. Volatile but dazzling 21-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios, Borna Coric, a Croatian teenager with uncanny similarities to a young Djokovic and Alexander Zverev, a German already being compared to Boris Becker, are already established in the top 50.
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Becker hits out at Murray over doping comments
Yahoo News - 11 months
Boris Becker has criticised world number two Andy Murray after the British tennis star voiced suspicions some of his opponents may have been taking performance-enhancing drugs. Murray has been vocal in condemning the use of drugs in sport and enthusiastically backed the suspension imposed on leading female player Maria Sharapova following her failed test for the banned substance meldonium at this year's Australian Open. More controversially Murray, beaten by Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo on Saturday, has also spoken about being suspicious of opponents who he thought were not tiring as they ought to in matches.
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7 Ways Every Holidayer Can Freak Out in Mallorca
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It's the holiday season again. If you are like me, you might have a hard time choosing between the splendor of history, the beckoning of the beach, the call of the quaint quiet life watching the magnificent sunset, or the craving for adventure, exploring peaks and trenches and yet, suffer from fear of missing out on city life - you could hit a sweet spot on this lovely island of Spain - Mallorca. This lovely group of islands sitting on the Mediterranean Sea offers you a great mix of everything on a platter, and will still leave you craving for more.  The Lonely Planet declares Mallorca a top European summer destination with a marked history. The destination is such a favourite among the Europeans that they have a whole new name for the island - Majorca - with reference to it being the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago. To the natives and rest of the world, it is Mallorca.  It comes as no surprise that many from the rich and famous tribe like Claudia Schiffer, Boris ...
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Djokovic predicts more success to come from Becker link
Yahoo News - about 2 years
By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic has hailed the influence of his coach Boris Becker and believes he can go on to achieve much more success thanks to his flourishing partnership with the German legend . "We still want to achieve a lot -- it's only the beginning," said Djokovic in Dubai, as he enthused about winning two grand slams and regaining his world number one spot since linking up with Becker last year. "Especially in the second part of 2014, things really started to click together for us on and off the court." Talking to reporters before the Dubai Championships where he is top seed, Djokovic explained how Becker was helping him adjust to life as a tennis-playing father. Yet the unlikely partnership, which came about after the 27-year-old had lost his number one ranking to Rafael Nadal, has already helped the Serb win last year's Wimbledon and the recent Australian Open, his eighth grand slam title.
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Becker turns down German Davis Cup job offer
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Boris Becker has ruled himself out as a possible candidate to take over as Germany's Davis Cup captain while he continues to coach world number-one Novak Djokovic. The 47-year-old German took over as Djokovic's coach last season and helped the Serbian star claim his eighth Grand Slam title by beating Britain's Andy Murray in the recent Australian Open final. "The job as Davis Cup team boss, I can't imagine right now," the three-time Wimbledon champion told Germany's Tennis Magazin. Becker was linked to the vacancy over the weekend when German Tennis Federation (DTB) vice-president Dirk Hordorff told Munich-based newspaper the Sueddeutsche Zeitung that Becker "was not at the bottom" of a list of candidates.
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Becker gamble pays off for Djokovic
Yahoo News - over 2 years
By Pritha Sarkar LONDON (Reuters) - When Novak Djokovic jumped on the super-coach bandwagon and hired Boris Becker, the appointment came straight out of left field and appeared to be a baffling one. Three-times Wimbledon champion Becker had never shown any inclination towards coaching, was neck deep with his media and business commitments and as a classic serve-and-volleyer, his playing style could not have been more different to Djokovic's baseline power game. Six months later Djokovic hit the jackpot when he finally ended months of torment and frustration by edging out Roger Federer in a pulsating five-set Wimbledon final on Sunday for his seventh grand slam title.
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Tennis-Becker gamble pays off for Djokovic
Yahoo News - over 2 years
By Pritha Sarkar LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) - When Novak Djokovic jumped on the super-coach bandwagon and hired Boris Becker, the appointment came straight out of left field and appeared to be a baffling one. Three-times Wimbledon champion Becker had never shown any inclination towards coaching, was neck deep with his media and business commitments and as a classic serve-and-volleyer, his playing style could not have been more different to Djokovic's baseline power game. Six months later Djokovic hit the jackpot when he finally ended months of torment and frustration by edging out Roger Federer in a pulsating five-set Wimbledon final on Sunday for his seventh grand slam title.
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Analysis: Djokovic defeat leaves spotlight on coach Becker
Yahoo News - about 3 years
By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Television viewers are used to seeing a snappily-dressed Boris Becker offering his thoughts on the day's big matches from the safety of a comfortable sofa at Wimbledon. On Tuesday, minus the make-up and the sharp threads, the German former world No.1 found himself perched on a court-side seat in Melbourne watching Novak Djokovic put through the wringer by Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka at the Australian Open. From talking about the game in his familiar tones, Becker found himself a central part of the unfolding drama and, when his charge stumbled, fair game for tennis writers picking over the Serb's shock five-set defeat in the quarter-finals. It was a surprise last month when, on the day Djokovic was named as the ITF's 2013 world champion, or player of the year, Djokovic announced Becker had joined his team despite the six-times grand slam champion never having worked as a coach.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Boris Becker
  • 2013
    Age 45
    In December 2013, Novak Djokovic announced on his website that Boris Becker will become his Head Coach for the 2014 season.
    More Details Hide Details As a result, Becker gave up his commentating job with the BBC. Since working together, Becker has contributed to 6 of Djokovic's 12 grand slam titles & 14 of his 30 masters 1000 titles. Becker lives in Wimbledon, London, UK. He is a fan of German football club Bayern Munich and serves on its advisory board alongside former Bavarian Premier Edmund Stoiber. In addition to Munich, Monaco, and Schwyz, Becker has an apartment in London, in or near Wimbledon, and possibly still maintains a residence in Miami, to be near his children. Becker is not related to fellow German professional tennis players Benjamin Becker nor Richard Becker.
    Becker is a noted poker player and has appeared in the European Poker Tour and the World Poker Tour; by 2013 Becker had won more €90,000 in career earnings from poker.
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  • 2012
    Age 44
    In 2012, Becker described his approach to retirement. "I had won so much by 22, a number of Wimbledon titles, US Open, Davis Cup, World number one.
    More Details Hide Details You look for the next big thing and that isn't in tennis." Since 2000, Becker has been the principal owner of the tennis division of Völkl Inc., a tennis racquet and clothing manufacturer. Becker published his autobiography, Augenblick, verweile doch (en: The Player) in 2003. From October 2005 to June 2006, Becker was a team captain on the British TV sports quiz show They Think It's All Over.
  • 2010
    Age 42
    In February 2010 their son, Amadeus Benedict Edley Luis Becker, was born in London.
    More Details Hide Details The baby is named after Becker's wife's uncle Edley, and his friend, Mexican-Cuban millionaire Luis Garcia Fanjul who is also the child's godfather.
  • 2009
    Age 41
    Becker announced that he and German model Sharlely "Lilly" Kerssenberg were to be married on 12 June 2009 in St Moritz, Switzerland.
    More Details Hide Details In August 2009 they announced that they were expecting a child.
  • 2008
    Age 40
    Becker was briefly engaged to in 2008. Her father, Axel Meyer-Wölden, was Becker's advisor and manager in the 1990s. The couple broke up in November 2008.
    More Details Hide Details She later married TV-personality Oliver Pocher. In February 2009, on the German ZDF TV show Wetten, dass..
  • 2007
    Age 39
    In November 2007, he obtained joint custody of Anna after expressing concerns over how her mother was raising her.
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  • 2006
    Age 38
    In October 2006, Becker signed a two-year deal with Vodafone to answer selected text messages from fans.
    More Details Hide Details The terms were his answering around 300 messages per year. These were predominantly questions about his career and trivia about the men's ATP tour. Becker has visited several places in Europe promoting the service, including Moscow and Airdrie. In May 2009, Becker announced the launch of online media platform Boris Becker TV. The website, in English and German, features clips from his career and footage of his daily life. Since 2003, Becker has been a commentator for the BBC at Wimbledon. Becker appeared on the second episode of series 16 of the BBC's car show Top Gear as the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car". Becker is a patron of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
  • 2001
    Age 33
    In February 2001, Becker acknowledged paternity of a daughter, Anna (born 22 March 2000), with Russian model Angela Ermakova.
    More Details Hide Details In October 2009, he confirmed media reports that the child was the result of a sexual encounter in 1999 at a London restaurant. He had been out drinking following losing a main draw singles match at the Wimbledon Championships, in what had been a come-back to the venue of his greatest success. Becker initially denied paternity, but admitted he was the child's father after a DNA test.
    Becker was granted a divorce on 15 January 2001.
    More Details Hide Details She received a $14.4 million settlement, their condominium on the exclusive Fisher Island, and custody of Noah and Elias.
  • 2000
    Age 32
    After Becker asked Barbara for a separation in December 2000, she flew to Miami, Florida, with Noah and Elias and filed a divorce petition in Miami-Dade County Court, sidestepping their prenuptial agreement which had entitled her to a single $2.5 million payoff.
    More Details Hide Details Barbara left for Florida after being contacted by a woman claiming to be pregnant with Becker's child. In his autobiography, Becker stated that he admitted to his wife that he had the one night stand with another woman while Barbara was pregnant with their second child. He wrote that Barbara struck him during an argument that occurred after he flew to Florida to meet with her and discuss the break up of their marriage. The pretrial hearing in January 2001 was broadcast live to Germany.
  • 1999
    Age 31
    However, Becker played Wimbledon one more time in 1999, this time losing in the fourth round to Patrick Rafter.
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  • 1997
    Age 29
    In 1997, Becker lost to Sampras in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
    More Details Hide Details After that match, he vowed that he would never play at Wimbledon again.
  • 1996
    Age 28
    Becker lost to Sampras in the final of the 1996 ATP Tour World Championships in Hanover.
    More Details Hide Details Becker saved two match points in the fourth set and held serve 27 consecutive times until he was broken in the penultimate game. Later that year he won the Grand Slam Cup defeating Goran Ivanisevic in the final.
    Becker defeated Sampras in October 1996 in a five-set final in Stuttgart. "Becker is the best indoor player I've ever played", said Sampras after the match.
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    After winning the Queen's Club Championships for the fourth time, Becker was widely expected to mount a serious challenge for the Wimbledon title in 1996, but his bid ended abruptly when he damaged his right wrist during a third-round match against Neville Godwin and was forced to withdraw.
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    Becker's sixth and final Grand Slam title came in 1996 when he defeated Chang in the final of the Australian Open.
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  • 1995
    Age 27
    By 1995 Becker had been in continual decline for half a decade. that year though, Becker reached the Wimbledon final for the seventh time, by defeating Agassi in the semifinals.
    More Details Hide Details In the final however, Becker, further fatigued after grueling baseline contests with Cédric Pioline and then with Agassi, lost in four sets to Pete Sampras. He won the year-end ATP Tour World Championships for the third and last time in Frankfurt with a straight-set win over Michael Chang in the final.
  • 1993
    Age 25
    On 17 December 1993, Becker married actress and designer Barbara Feltus.
    More Details Hide Details On 18 January 1994, their son Noah Gabriel, named after Becker's friends Yannick Noah and Peter Gabriel, was born. Their second child, Elias Balthasar, was born on 4 September 1999. Before the marriage, they shocked some in Germany by posing nude for the cover of Stern in a picture taken by her father.
    By 1993, issues back home over his courtship of and marriage to Barbara Feltus, whose mother was German and father was African-American, and tax problems with the German Government, had caused Becker to slide into a severe mid-career decline.
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  • 1992
    Age 24
    Becker defeated Jim Courier in straight sets to win the 1992 year-end ATP Tour World Championships in Frankfurt.
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    However, Becker and Stich teamed in 1992 to win the men's doubles gold medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona.
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    In 1992, Becker won seven tour titles including his second ATP Tour World Championships defeating Jim Courier in four sets.
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  • 1991
    Age 23
    Becker was ranked world no. 2 during Wimbledon in 1991 and reached his fourth consecutive final there.
    More Details Hide Details However, he lost in straight sets to fellow German compatriot and world no. 7 Michael Stich. Becker and Stich developed a fierce rivalry, with the media often comparing a passionate Becker to a more stoic Stich.
    He was ranked world no. 1 for twelve weeks during 1991, though he never managed to finish a year with that ranking.
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    Becker reached the final of the Australian Open for the first time in his career in 1991, where he defeated Lendl to claim the world no. 1 ranking.
    More Details Hide Details Another loss to Agassi in the French Open semifinals kept him from winning the first two Grand Slam tournaments of the year.
  • 1990
    Age 22
    In 1990, Becker met Edberg for the third consecutive year in the Wimbledon final, but this time was on the losing end of a long five-set match.
    More Details Hide Details He also failed to defend his US Open title, losing to Agassi in the semifinals.
  • 1989
    Age 21
    In 1989, Becker won two Grand Slam singles titles, the only year he won more than one.
    More Details Hide Details After losing to Edberg in the French Open semifinals, he defeated Edberg in the Wimbledon final, and then beat Lendl in the US Open final. He also helped West Germany retain the Davis Cup, defeating Andre Agassi in the semifinal round. As a result, Becker was named Player of The Year by the ATP Tour. The world no. 1 ranking, however, still eluded him.
  • 1988
    Age 20
    Besides his six Grand Slam titles, he was also a singles winner in the year-end Masters / ATP Tour World Championships in 1988, 1992, and 1995, the WCT Finals in 1988 and at the Grand Slam Cup in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details He won a record-equalling four singles titles at London's Queen's Club. In Davis Cup, his career win-loss record was 54–12, including 38–3 in singles. He also won the other two major international team titles playing for Germany, the Hopman Cup (in 1995) and the World Team Cup (in 1989 and '98). Becker won singles titles in 14 different countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Qatar, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States. In 2003, Becker was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He occasionally plays on the senior tour and in World Team Tennis. He is also sometimes a commentator at Wimbledon for the BBC. Becker's game was based on a fast and well-placed serve, that earned him the nicknames "Boom Boom", "Der Bomber" and "Baron von Slam", and great volleying skills at the net. He could supplement his pure serve-and-volley game with brilliant athleticism at the net, which included the diving volley that was considered a trademark of the young German, and which endeared him to his fans. His heavy forehand and return of serve were also very significant factors in his game.
    Becker also helped West Germany win its first Davis Cup in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details He won the year-end Masters title in New York City, defeating five-time champion Lendl in the final. The same year he also won season ending WCT Finals for the rival World Championship Tennis tour, defeating Edberg in four sets.
    Becker was back in the Wimbledon final in 1988, where he lost in four sets to Stefan Edberg in a match that marked the start of one of Wimbledon's great rivalries.
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  • 1987
    Age 19
    In 1987 Becker, then ranked world no. 2, was upset in the second round of Wimbledon by the world no. 70 player, Peter Doohan.
    More Details Hide Details In the Davis Cup that year, Becker and John McEnroe played one of the longest matches in tennis history. Becker won 4–6, 15–13, 8–10, 6–2, 6–2 (at that time, there were no tiebreaks in the Davis Cup). The match lasted 6 hours and 22 minutes.
  • 1986
    Age 18
    In 1986, Becker successfully defended his Wimbledon title, defeating world no. 1 Ivan Lendl in straight sets in the final.
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  • 1985
    Age 17
    As a German teenager, Becker won the Tennis World Young Masters at the NEC in Birmingham in 1985, before taking his first top-level singles title in June that year at Queen's Club.
    More Details Hide Details Two weeks later, on 7 July, he became the first unseeded player and the first German to win the Wimbledon singles title, defeating Kevin Curren in four sets. Unseeded, Becker was at that time ranked 20th in ATP ranking, but Wimbledon did not then seed players beyond the top 16. He was the youngest ever male Grand Slam singles champion at (a record later broken by Michael Chang in 1989, who won the French Open when he was). Two months after his triumph, Becker became the youngest winner of the Cincinnati Open. Becker has since said that "The plan from my parents for me was to finish school, go to university, get a proper degree and learn something respectful. The last thing on everyone's mind was me becoming a tennis professional."
  • 1984
    Age 16
    Becker turned professional in 1984, under the guidance of Romanian-born coach Günther Bosch and Romanian manager Ion Ţiriac, and won his first professional doubles title that year in Munich.
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  • 1967
    Born on November 22, 1967.
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