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Boris Becker
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Becker in 2019
Full nameBoris Franz Becker
Country (sports) West Germany (1984–1990)
 Germany (1990–1999)
ResidenceLondon, England
Born (1967-11-22) 22 November 1967 (age 54)
Leimen, West Germany
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Turned pro1984 (amateur tour from 1983)
Retired25 June 1999
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CoachIon Țiriac
Günther Bosch
Bob Brett
Mike Depalmer Jr.
Günter Bresnik
Nick Bollettieri
Prize moneyUS$25,080,956
Int. Tennis HoF2003 (member page)
Career record713–214 (76.9%)
Career titles49
Highest rankingNo. 1 (28 January 1991)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1991, 1996)
French OpenSF (1987, 1989, 1991)
WimbledonW (1985, 1986, 1989)
US OpenW (1989)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1988, 1992, 1995)
Grand Slam CupW (1996)
WCT FinalsW (1988)
Olympic Games3R (1992)
Career record254–136 (65.1%)
Career titles15
Highest rankingNo. 6 (22 September 1986)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1985)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic GamesGold medal olympic.svg (1992)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1988, 1989)
Hopman CupW (1995 with Anke Huber)
Coaching career (2013–2016)
Coaching achievements
Coachee Singles Titles total25
List of notable tournaments
(with champion)

Career Grand Slam (Djokovic)
2x Australian Open (Djokovic)
French Open (Djokovic)
2x Wimbledon (Djokovic)
US Open (Djokovic)
2x ATP World Tour Finals (Djokovic)
14x ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (Djokovic)

Medal record
Olympic Games – Tennis
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona Men's doubles

Boris Franz Becker (German pronunciation: [ˈboːʁɪs ˈbɛkɐ], About this soundaudio ; born 22 November 1967) is a German former world No. 1 tennis player. He was successful from the start of his career, winning the first of his six Grand Slam singles titles at age 17. His Grand Slam singles titles comprise three Wimbledon Championships, two Australian Opens and one US Open. He also won three year-end championships, 13 Masters Series titles and an Olympic gold medal in doubles. In 1989, he was voted the Player of the Year by both the ATP and the ITF. He is the first male player to appear in 7 Wimbledon finals, tied with Pete Sampras and Novak Djokovic, behind Roger Federer (12).

At times Becker struggled with his early success and fame, and his personal life has been turbulent. Since his playing career ended, he has engaged in numerous ventures, including coaching Novak Djokovic for three years, and playing poker professionally and working for an online poker company.[2]

Early life[edit]

Becker with his mother Elvira at the Radio Regenbogen Awards, 2019

Boris Becker was born in Leimen, a town in the German state Baden-Württemberg, the son of Elvira and Karl-Heinz Becker. He was raised as a Catholic.[3][4] His father Karl-Heinz, an architect, founded a tennis centre in Leimen, where Becker learned to play tennis. He received his secondary education at Helmholtz-Gymnasium in Heidelberg.[5] His mother Elvira Becker, née Pisch hailed from the Moravian village of Kunín (Kunewald).[6]

Tennis career[edit]

In 1974, Becker joined TC Blau-Weiß Leimen tennis club and began training under Boris Breskvar. By 1977, he was a member of the junior team of the Baden Tennis Association. He went on to win the South German championship and the first German Youth Tennis Tournament.

In 1978, he was chosen for the German Tennis Federation's top junior team by Richard Schönborn. According to Schönborn, the funding for Becker's training was put up by the German Tennis Federation at an expense of over 1.3 million DM.[7] In 1981, he was included in the Federation's first men's team. In 1982, he won the doubles at the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships.

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. As a 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. 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. Becker was at that time ranked 20th in ATP ranking,[8] and was unseeded, as at that time Wimbledon did not seed players beyond the top 16. He was the youngest ever male Grand Slam singles champion at 17 years, 227 days (a record later broken by Michael Chang in 1989, who won the French Open when he was 17 years, 110 days). 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."[9]

In 1986, Becker successfully defended his Wimbledon title, defeating No. 1 Ivan Lendl in straight sets in the final. In 1987 Becker, then ranked 2, lost in the second round of Wimbledon to Peter Doohan, ranked 70. 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.

Becker contested 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. Becker also helped West Germany win its first Davis Cup in 1988. 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.

In 1989, Becker won two Grand Slam singles titles, the only year he won more than one. 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 No. 1 ranking, however, still eluded him.

In 1990, Becker met Edberg for the third consecutive year in the Wimbledon final, but this time lost in a long five-set match. He failed to successfully defend his US Open title, losing to Agassi in the semifinals. Becker reached the final of the Australian Open for the first time in his career in 1991, where he defeated Lendl to claim the No. 1 ranking. Another loss to Agassi in the French Open semifinals kept him from winning the first two Grand Slam tournaments of the year. He was ranked No. 1 for 12 weeks during 1991, though he never managed to finish a year with that ranking. Becker was ranked No. 2 during Wimbledon in 1991 and reached his fourth consecutive final there. However, he lost in straight sets to fellow German and No. 7 Michael Stich. Becker and Stich developed a fierce rivalry, with the media often comparing a passionate Becker to a more stoic Stich.[citation needed] However, Becker and Stich teamed up in 1992 to win the men's doubles gold medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona.

In 1992, Becker won seven tour titles including his second ATP Tour World Championships defeating Jim Courier in four sets.

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.

By 1995 Becker had been in continual decline for half a decade. That year he reached the Wimbledon final for the seventh time, defeating Agassi in the semifinals. In the final, however, Becker, further fatigued after gruelling 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. Becker's sixth and final Grand Slam title came in 1996 when he defeated Chang in the final of the Australian Open. 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.

Becker in 1994

Becker defeated Sampras in October 1996 in a five-set final in Stuttgart Masters. "Becker is the best indoor player I've ever played", said Sampras after the match.[10] Becker lost to Sampras in the final of the 1996 ATP Tour World Championships in Hanover. 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. In 1997, Becker lost to Sampras in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. After that match, he vowed that he would never play at Wimbledon again. However, Becker played Wimbledon one more time in 1999, this time losing in the fourth round to Patrick Rafter.

Becker was most comfortable playing on fast-playing surfaces, particularly grass courts and indoor carpet (on which he won 26 titles). He reached a few finals playing on clay courts, but never won a clay-court tournament in his professional career. His best performances at the French Open were when he reached the semifinals in 1987, 1989, and 1991. Becker was close to winning a clay-court tournament in his last final on the surface, when he led Thomas Muster by two sets to love in the 1995 Monte Carlo Open final, and double-faulted on match point in the fourth-set tiebreaker.[11][12]

Over the course of his career, Becker won 49 singles titles and 15 doubles titles. 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. 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 1998). He is the first male player to appear in 7 Wimbledon finals in the Modern Era, tied with Sampras and Djokovic, and behind the record 12 Wimbledon finals appearances by Federer.

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, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He occasionally plays on the senior tour and in World Team Tennis. He has also worked as a commentator at Wimbledon for the BBC.[13][14]

Playing style[edit]

Becker at Stars & Cars, Stuttgart, 2007

Becker's game was based on a fast and well-placed serve, that earned him the nicknames "Boom Boom",[15] "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 occasionally deviated from his serve-and-volley style to try to out-hit, from the baseline, opponents who normally were at their best while remaining near the baseline. Even though Becker possessed powerful shots from both wings, this strategy was often criticized by commentators.

Becker had frequent emotional outbursts on court. Whenever he considered himself to be playing badly, he often swore at himself and occasionally smashed his rackets. In 1987, he was fined $2000 following a series of outbursts during the Australian Open in Melbourne, including breaking three rackets, "twice throwing the ball in an offensive manner at the umpire, hitting the umpire's chair on one occasion, spitting water in the direction of the umpire, and hitting three balls out of the court."[16][17] Becker's highly dramatic play spawned new expressions such as the Becker Blocker (his trademark early return shot), the Becker Hecht (a flying lunge), the Becker Faust ("Becker Fist"), the Becker Shuffle (the dance he sometimes performed after making important points), and Becker Säge ("Becker Saw" – referring to the way in which he pumped his fists in a sawing motion).

Becker, one of the most effective players in his era on grass courts and carpet courts, had less success on clay. He never won a top-level singles title on clay, coming closest when holding two match points against Thomas Muster in the final of the 1995 Monte Carlo Open. Becker did, however, team up with Michael Stich to win the 1992 men's doubles Olympic gold medal on clay.


Becker played most of his career with racquets from the German company Puma. After production of this racquet was discontinued, he bought the moulds and had them produced by the American company Estusa. He now has his own personal line of racquets and apparel.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
West Germany Germany
Tournament 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A QF 2R NH 4R A 4R QF W 3R 1R A 1R W 1R A A 2 / 11 29–9 76.32
French Open A A 2R QF SF 4R SF 1R SF A 2R A 3R A A A A 0 / 9 26–9 74.29
Wimbledon A 3R W W 2R F W F F QF SF SF F 3R QF A 4R 3 / 15 71–12 85.54
US Open A A 4R SF 4R 2R W SF 3R 4R 4R 1R SF A A A A 1 / 11 37–10 78.72
Win–Loss 0–0 6–2 11–3 16–2 11–4 10–3 22–2 15–4 20–3 9–3 9–4 5–2 13–4 9–1 4–2 0–0 3–1 6 / 46 163–40 80.30
Year-end championships
Tennis Masters Cup DNQ F F RR W F SF RR W DNQ F W F Did Not Qualify 3 / 11 36–13 73.47
WCT Finals Did Not Qualify F A W A Discontinued 1 / 2 5–1 83.33
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 3–1 6–2 1–2 7–1 4–1 3–1 2–1 4–1 0–1 5–2 6–2 7–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 5 / 18 48–18 72.73
Year-end ranking 563 66 6 2 5 4 2 2 3 5 11 3 4 6 62 69 131 $25,080,956


  • These records were attained in Open Era of tennis.
  • Records in bold indicate peer-less achievements.
  • ^ Denotes consecutive streak.
Championship Years Record accomplished Player tied
Wimbledon 1985 Youngest Wimbledon singles champion[19] Stands alone
1985 Unseeded winner of singles title Goran Ivanišević
ATP Tour 1987–99 10 match wins after trailing 0–2 in sets[20] Aaron Krickstein
Roger Federer
Andy Murray
1986 3 titles in three weeks across three continents[21] Stands alone
ATP Championship series 1990 4 titles won in a single season Juan Martín del Potro
Stefan Edberg
Stockholm Open 1988, 1990–1991, 1994 4 singles titles John McEnroe

Place in history[edit]

Tennis magazine ranked Becker the 11th best male player of the 1965–2005 period.[22]

Professional awards[edit]

Post-retirement career[edit]

Becker photographed by Studio Harcourt

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. You look for the next big thing and that isn't in tennis."[9]

Since 2000, Becker has been the principal owner of the tennis division of Völkl Inc.,[23] a tennis racquet and clothing manufacturer.

Becker published his autobiography, Augenblick, verweile doch... (en: The Player) in 2003. 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.[24]

Since 2002, Becker has been a commentator for the BBC at Wimbledon (apart from the period when he coached Djokovic). From October 2005 to June 2006, he was a team captain on the British TV sports quiz show They Think It's All Over. He appeared on the second episode of series 16 of the BBC's car show Top Gear as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.[25] As of 2017, Becker is also an analyst on Fox Sports Australia's Wimbledon magazine program The Daily Serve.

In 2005 and in other years he repeatedly took part in various show matches and, like Michael Stich, also assessed in his own country the situation of young german players at Marc Engelhard on Osradio 104.8.[26]

On 23 August 2017, Becker was named the head of men's tennis of the German Tennis Federation.[27]

After his tennis career, Becker has been on the economic advisory board of Bayern Munich for ten years.[28]

Becker is a patron of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.[29]

Tax evasion[edit]

Becker had deliberately made false statements in his tax returns in order to save DM 3.3m. At the beginning of his trial in 2002, Becker admitted that he lived in Munich between 1991 and 1993, although he was officially registered in Monaco.[30] However, he emphasized that he could not be accused of withholding income or engaging in criminal machinations.[31]

At the same time, Becker emphasized that he did not occasionally live in a classic apartment in Munich, but in a spartan room.[31] He was also warned about buying the apartment, but ignored the warnings. The court assessed the fact that Becker paid around €3m for the period from 1991 to 1995 to settle his tax debt as mitigating the penalty. In addition, the process took eight years and was a heavy burden on Becker.[32]

The Munich District Court sentenced him on 24 October 2002 for tax evasion to spend two years in prison, the execution of which was suspended. In addition, he was sentenced to pay a fine of 300,000 euros and another 200,000 euros to various charitable institutions.[33]


Becker is a noted poker player and has appeared in the European Poker Tour and the World Poker Tour;[34] by 2013 he had won more than €90,000 in career earnings from poker.[34] From November 2007 to mid-May 2013, Becker was a member of the celebrity team for the online poker platform PokerStars,[35] where he participated in professional poker tournaments.[36] Becker made his first appearance as a poker amateur at a tournament in Monte Carlo in April 2008. In mid-April, he reached the Main Event of the World Poker Tour at the Bellagio and finished the tournament in 40th place, winning more than $40,000 in prize money.[37] In August 2011, he came 97th at the European Poker Tour in Barcelona, winning €8,000.[38] In April 2013 he again took part in the EPT Main Event, this time in Berlin, coming 49th with a win of €15,000.[39] As of August 2018, Becker has made tournament earnings of over $100,000 and was ranked 132,133rd in the Global Poker Index.[40] He has become an ambassador for the partypoker online poker platform, playing under the nickname Boris__Becker.[41]

Coaching Novak Djokovic[edit]

In December 2013, Novak Djokovic announced on his website that Boris Becker would become his head coach for the 2014 season.[42] As a result, Becker gave up his commentating job with the BBC.[43] In December 2016, Djokovic and Becker parted ways. Over the three seasons they worked together, Becker contributed to Djokovic's six Grand Slam titles and 14 Masters 1000 titles. They also won the 2016 French Open, something Becker had never done himself.


On 21 June 2017, Becker was declared bankrupt by the Bankruptcy and Companies Court in London.[44][45] The order arose when a 2015 debt owed to private bank Arbuthnot Latham for nearly $14 million[46] was not paid in full before an assigned deadline, and there was no realistic expectation that it would be paid.[47][48] Becker denied to the Neue Zürcher Zeitung that he is "broke" or that he owes former business adviser Hans-Dieter Cleven any money; Cleven filed suit in a Switzerland court claiming he is owed $41 million.[49]

In June 2018, Becker's lawyers claimed their client had diplomatic immunity in the bankruptcy case due to his appointment as the Central African Republic's (CAR) "Attache for Sports/Humanitarian/Cultural Affairs in the European Union."[50] Charles-Armel Doubane, the CAR's Foreign Minister, countered that Becker was "not an official diplomat for the Central African Republic", that the role of attaché for sports "does not exist", and that the CAR passport produced by Becker was one of a batch that had been stolen in 2014.[51] In September 2019, the German businessman Stephan Welk who provided the passport was detained for possible fraud.[52]

On 21 May 2019, Smith & Williamson announced that it has instructed its agent Wyles Hardy to auction Becker's trophies and memorabilia on 11 July 2019.[53] On 24 June 2019, it was reported that Becker was forced to auction off 82 collectables from his personal collection, including a Goldene Kamera award and his trophy from the 1989 US Open, in order to pay out creditors.[54] On 11 July 2019, an online auction was held selling off Becker's memorabilia, which raised £687,000, according to the company dealing with his bankruptcy.[55]

On 5 November 2019, the bankruptcy restrictions were extended for an additional 12 years, until 16 October 2031, after Becker was judged to have been hiding assets and transactions worth over £4.5 million.[56]

Personal life[edit]

Becker lives in Wimbledon, within walking distance of the championship grounds.[57]

In addition to Munich, Monaco and Schwyz, Becker has an apartment in Wimbledon, and possibly still maintains a residence in Miami, to be near his children.[58]

Becker is not related to fellow German professional tennis players Benjamin Becker[59] or Richard Becker.


Becker with Barbara Feltus in 1992

After Becker lost to Peter Doohan in the second round of the 1987 Wimbledon Championships, it was rumoured that he had been too distracted by his girlfriend, Benedicte Courtin, the daughter of the Chief of Police of Monaco. As a result, the British tabloids dubbed him "Bonking Boris".[60]

On 17 December 1993, Becker married model Barbara Feltus, then eight months pregnant, at the registry office of his hometown of Leimen. 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.[61]

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. 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 had a 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. When Becker testified, Barbara's lawyers, for whom he was paying, made him out to be a cad. The couple had dinner every night during the hearing.[62] Becker was granted a divorce on 15 January 2001: Barbara received a $14.4 million settlement, their condominium on exclusive Fisher Island, Florida, and custody of their children.[63]

In February 2001, Becker acknowledged paternity of a daughter, Anna, with Russian waitress Angela Ermakova, after media reported that he had a child as a result of a sexual encounter in 1999.[64][65] The episode allegedly took place at London's Nobu restaurant.[66] He had allegedly been drinking following his loss to Pat Rafter in the fourth round of the 1999 Wimbledon Championships. Becker initially denied paternity, claiming he only had oral sex with Ermakova. His lawyers claimed that Ermakova had stolen his sperm and used it to inseminate herself after the encounter.[67] Subsequently, he reversed his stance and accepted fatherhood. Some time after that, a DNA test confirmed he was the father.[64] In November 2007, he obtained joint custody of Anna after expressing concerns over how Ermakova was raising her.[68]

Becker was briefly engaged to Alessandra Meyer-Wölden [de] in 2008. Her father, Axel Meyer-Wölden, was Becker's former adviser and manager.[69] The couple broke up in November 2008.[70]

In February 2009, on the German ZDF TV show Wetten, dass..?, Becker announced that he and Dutch model Sharlely "Lilly" Kerssenberg were to be married on 12 June 2009 in St Moritz, Switzerland.[71] In August, they announced that they were expecting a child.[72] Their son, Amadeus Benedict Edley Luis Becker, was born in London on 10 February 2010.[73] The child 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. In May 2018, Lilly and Becker announced that they had separated after nine years of marriage.[74]

Since July 2019, reports appeared that Becker is dating British model Layla Powell.[75]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Becker, Boris (2005). The Player. London: Bantam. ISBN 0-553-81716-7.
  • Kaiser, Ulrich; Breskvar, Boris (1987). Boris Becker's Tennis: The Making of a Champion. New York: Leisure Press. ISBN 0-88011-290-5.

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