16 June 1981 |
Merzig, Saarland, West Germany
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 38 (5 March 2007)|
|Current ranking||No. 78 (18 November 2013)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2010, 2011, 2013)|
|French Open||1R (2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012)|
|US Open||4R (2006)|
|Highest ranking||No. 58 (5 July 2010)|
|Current ranking||No. 219 (4 November 2013)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2011)|
|French Open||2R (2010, 2012)|
|US Open||2R (2010)|
|Last updated on: 4 November 2013.|
Becker was born at Merzig, Saarland, then part of West Germany. He won the 2004 NCAA singles title while helping Baylor University to the team title. A rarity in men's tennis, Becker attended college for four years before turning professional.
Early life and family
Benjamin Becker was born on 16 June 1981 in Merzig, West Germany, to Jorg, a tax office worker and Ulrike. Becker has one younger sister. He is not related to former professional tennis player Boris Becker. In the early 2000s, Becker played tennis at Baylor University in Texas.
At the 2006 U.S. Open, he defeated Filippo Volandri and No. 30 seed Sébastien Grosjean to reach the third round, where he defeated former World No. 1 Andre Agassi in 4 sets. The match was especially noteworthy as it was Agassi's last on the ATP circuit: he had announced that the 2006 U.S. Open would be his final tournament, and his defeat was followed by an 8-minute standing ovation from the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd. The day after Becker's win over Agassi, his own U.S. Open bid was ended by Andy Roddick in the fourth round.
Following the 2005 U.S. Open, Becker confirmed his status as a promising newcomer on the ATP Tour, improving his ranking from No. 421 at the beginning of the year to No. 62 in November 2006. As a result, Becker received the Newcomer of the Year award during the 2006 ATP Awards, and won the Sportsman of the Year award in his part of Germany. After completing his first season on the ATP Tour, Benjamin made the fastest rise of any player into the top 50.
2007 saw Becker improving his ranking further in the early season, including through his semi-final appearances at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, where he lost to world No. 8 James Blake; and in San Jose at the SAP Open where he lost to Ivo Karlović, the tallest player on the ATP Tour (6' 10"). As a result, Becker's ATP ranking peaked at No. 38 in March 2007. However, in 2007 Becker was unable to progress beyond the first round in any of the Grand Slams or ATP Masters Series events, with the exception of the Monte Carlo Masters, where he lost in the second round to Thomas Johansson.
Given his strong performance at the U.S. Open in the preceding year, his first round loss in the 2007 edition caused his ranking to drop to 79. Despite good form in Bangkok, where he lost in the finals to Dmitry Tursunov, Becker has thus far been unable to regain a ranking in the top 50.
Becker has the distinction of having played the match that finished second latest in ATP history, defeating Jiří Novák in Tokyo in 2006 at 3.24 am.
Becker reached the semifinal of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle/Westfalen, the Ordina Open in 's-Hertogenbosch and the Thailand Open in Bangkok. At the Grand Slam tournaments Becker reached the second round of the 2010 Australian Open as well as in Wimbledon and at the 2010 US Open. He was knocked out in the first round at the 2010 French Open. He reached the Main Draw of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Shanghai after two wins in the Qualifying. He lost to Gaël Monfils in the first round. He advanced to round two of the IF Stockholm Open where he lost to 2nd seed Robin Söderling. He reached the quarterfinal at St.Petersburg where he lost to Illya Marchenko. He qualified for the BNP Paribas Open in Paris-Bercy where he lost to Gaël Monfils in the second round after a first round win over Denis Istomin. He went 29–31 on the season and earned a career-high $543,431.
ATP career finals
Singles: 2 (1–1)
Doubles: 2 (0–2)