Former German pro tennis player Boris Becker retired nearly 20 years ago, but he’s still one of the world’s most well-known tennis players. However, this doesn’t mean you know everything about him. Here are some facts about Becker you might be surprised by.
Becker’s favourite tennis rackets have always been Puma’s. However, after retiring he formed his own tennis racket company, which also sells apparel.
2) Wimbledon Youngster
In 1985 Becker was the youngest player ever to become Wimbledon champion at 17 years old – and he still holds the record to this day.
3) 14 Countries
He has won titles in 14 countries around the world, including Japan, UK, US, Qatar, Germany, Canada and France.
4) Poker Face
As well as being successful in his tennis career, he has also found success in his poker career. In 2013 he had earned over €90,000 from his poker winnings and last year he became an ambassador for the online poker card room partypoker.
5) Djokovic Coach
Boris was Novak Djokovic’s coach for three seasons starting in 2014, contributing to half of Djokovic’s gram slam titles.
From 1985 to 1996 Becker won 6 major Gram Slam Singles, including 3 Wimbledon wins, two wins at the Australian Open and one at the US Open.
7) BBC Commentator
You can tell Boris is still interested in the sport as he has been a BBC commentator at Wimbledon since 2003!
8) Boom Boom
Becker’s rapid pace and fiery volleys earned him amusing nicknames such as ‘Boom Boom’ and ‘Der Bomber’.
9) Number 1
In 1991 for twelve weeks Becker was the number 1 tennis player in the world.
10) Never Forgotten
In 1998 he retired from his pro tennis career, but he is still recognized as one of the best tennis players we’ve seen, proven by the fact he was put into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003.