Boris Becker

 

Country West Germany (1983–1990)
 Germany (from 1990)
Residence Schwyz,  Switzerland
Date of birth 22 November 1967 (1967-11-22) (age 42)
Place of birth Leimen, West Germany
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro 1984
Retired June 30, 1999
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career prize money

US $25,080,956

  • 5th All-time leader in earnings
Int. Tennis HOF 2003 (member page)
Singles
Career record 713–214 (76.91%)
Career titles 49
Highest ranking No. 1 (28 January 1991)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open W (1991, 1996)
French Open SF (1987, 1989, 1991)
Wimbledon W (1985, 1986, 1989)
US Open W (1989)
Major tournaments
Tour Finals W (1988, 1992, 1995)
Olympic Games 3R (1992)
Doubles
Career record 254–136
Career titles 15
Highest ranking 6 (22 September 1986)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (1985)
Olympic Games W (1992)
 
Olympic medal record
Men's Tennis
Gold 1992 Barcelona Men's doubles

Becker has lived a controversial life be it regarding marriage or tax evasion.

Presently he is with a British TV sport quiz show as a team captain.

Besides tennis Becker is fond of football and Chelsea FC.

Boris Becker is also the owner of the tennis division of Volkl inc. a tennis racquet and clothing manufacturer.

Becker used to play with racquets manufactured by Puma. He has published an autobiographical book in 2003.

Many songs have a reference to Becker. Becker was the first unseeded player and a German to become a champion.

NICKNAME and PLAYING STYLE

Boom Boom and Baron Von Slam were his nicknames which he earned due to the huge serve that he used to play.

Boris Becker heavy forehand and powerful return of the serve contributed a lot to his game. Becker was a very emotional person.

Boris Becker used to have emotional outbursts on the court which endeared him to the public. Boris Becker was good at lawn and hard courts but weak in clay courts.

Becker has won the Hopman Cup (1985) and World Team Cup.

Boris Becker gives commentary at the BBC for Wimbledon each year.

Records

  • These records were attained in Open Era of tennis.
  • ^ Denotes consecutive streak.

Championship Years Record accomplished Player tied
Wimbledon 1985 Youngest Wimbledon champion Stands alone
Wimbledon 1985–1995 7 finals overall Roger Federer^

Pete Sampras


Boris Becker (Achievement precedessor & successor)
 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Stefan Edberg
Stefan Edberg
World No. 1
28 January 1991 – 17 February 1991
8 July 1991 – 8 September 1991
Succeeded by
Stefan Edberg
Stefan Edberg
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
not awarded, 1984
Jimmy Arias, 1983
ATP Most Improved Player
1985
Succeeded by
Mikael Pernfors
Preceded by
Mats Wilander
ATP Player of the Year
1989
Succeeded by
Stefan Edberg
Preceded by
Michael Gross
Michael Gross
German Sportsman of the Year
1985 – 1986
1989 – 1990
Succeeded by
Harald Schmid
Michael Stich
Preceded by
Mats Wilander
ITF World Champion
1989
Succeeded by
Ivan Lendl
Preceded by
Matt Biondi
United Press International
Athlete of the Year

1989
Succeeded by
Stefan Edberg

 


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