The Player by Boris BeckerBoris Becker shot to fame in 1985 when, at seventeen years old, he became the youngest player ever to win the mens final at Wimbledon. He went on to win two more Wimbledon titles, and a total of forty-nine singles and fifteen doubles crowns, making him one of the greatest players of the twentieth century. But his life off the court has always attracted as much attention as his triumphs on it.
Now, in this remarkably candid and thought-provoking autobiography, Boris Becker tells the real story behind the headlines. He speaks of the seconds before the serve that made him the youngest Wimbledon winner of all time, and of the minutes after being sentenced as a tax evader. He talks about his marriage, his illegitimate daughter, and his painful divorce. He reveals his emotions at the end of his tennis career, and his battles with pills and alcohol. He also shares his memories of the good times, the championship wins, the make-or-break matches, and the highs and lows of life on the international circuit.
Boris Becker has written this autobiography not just for his fans but also for his children, that they may one day read the true account of their fathers remarkable, and often controversial, life.
By Simon Briggs , Tennis Correspondent. But few realise what a significant moment this was for the tournament. When Becker hit that last brutal serve, he set Wimbledon on its path to becoming one of the most valuable brands in sport. Wimbledon has always been a huge deal for the tennis cognoscenti, and a fixture of long summer afternoons on the TV. Such assumptions are misleading, because sporting empires can fall as well as rise. Familiarity and a clear personality are assets for any annual event, which is where the Masters — run, like Wimbledon, by a private club — scores over the travelling circus of the Open.
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Boris Becker defeated Kevin Curren in the final, 6—3, 6—7, 7—6, 6—4 to win the Gentlemen's Singles tennis title at the Wimbledon Championships. This latter record would eventually be broken by Michael Chang at the French Open.
Becker burst onto the international tennis scene at age 17 at the Wimbledon Championships in With powerful serves and an attacking style, he overpowered his opponents, advancing to the finals, where he defeated Kevin Curren in four sets. Excelling on the fast grass surface, he won Wimbledon again in and and was a finalist there in , , , and He won the Australian Open twice , and the U. Open He also captured an Olympic gold medal in doubles in at the Barcelona Games. Becker retired from competitive tennis in ; during his career he won 49 singles and 15 doubles titles.
Media playback is not supported on this device. I didn't quite know what, I couldn't grasp it, but I knew it was a life-changing moment. The year-old who beat Kevin Curren to win the Wimbledon Championships retired as a six-time Grand Slam champion, but will forever be associated with becoming the youngest male champion in the history of the All England Club. That year-old is now 47, and in a special BBC interview on 5 live the three-time champion reflects on how a "crazy German" became part of championship folklore. Becker also details how sleeping pills may have cost him at least one further title, and discusses his flourishing coaching partnership with Novak Djokovic.