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Overview (4)

Born in Leimen, West Germany [now in Germany]
Birth NameBoris Franz Becker
Nicknames Boom Boom
Baron von Slam
The Lion of Leimen
Bobbele
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Boris Franz Becker was born on November 22, 1967 in Leimen, West Germany, the only son in the family of an architect. His father built the tennis center (Blau-Weiss Tennisklub), where young Becker was usually playing against young Steffi Graf in training matches. In 1984 he became a professional tennis player.

Becker was an unknown 17-year-old unseeded outsider at the Wimbledon tennis tournament in 1985, when he shot to fame by setting the record for Wimbledon, becoming the youngest player ever to win the men's final. He was also the first unseeded player ever and the first German to win the men's single title at Wimbledon. He was nicknamed "Boom Boom" for his huge serve. Becker reached the Wimbledon final 7 times in 10 years and won 3 men's single titles, among the total of 49 singles and 15 doubles victories over the course of his career. Becker became the second youngest player, after Björn Borg, to be introduced into the tennis' Hall of Fame in 2003. He ranks third in sport career earnings with $25,080,956. But pressures and demands on him brought too much stress into his life.

At the age of 31 Becker retired from professional tennis. In 1993, he married Barbara Feltus, who was the daughter of an African-American serviceman and a white German lady. The celebrity couple appeared naked on the cover of "Stern" magazine before their marriage (the photo was made by her father). They married on December 17, 1993, and had their first son, Noah, born on January 18, 1994, and their second son Elias, born on September 4, 1999. Becker gained respect for his stance against racism. But in 2000, his wife took both sons to Florida and filed a petition in Miami court, ignoring their prenuptial agreement, that entitled her to a single payoff of $2,500,000. She got 14,400,000 and the custody of both sons, and her lawyer was paid for by Becker.

His high-profile marriage and an equally high-profile divorce from model Barbara Feltus was paralleled by the story of him impregnating a Russian-African model Angela Ermakova at an upscale London restaurant in the summer of 1999, and having an illegitimate child (Anna, born on March 22, 2000). After having positive DNA test results, Becker recognized his fatherhood of a daughter Anna and payed a generous $5,000,000 settlement in 2001. This came on top of his tax problems, for which he was fined $500,000. He also suffered from alcohol and drug addiction, which complicated matters in his turbulent life.

Boris Becker was able to overcome the mistakes of his past and moved on with his life, by first moving from Monaco to Mallorca and to Zug, Switzerland. His sincere and open autobiography, titled "Boris Becker - The Player: The Autobiography" was published in 2004. He works with a British TV sports-show and has a regular gig as a BBC commentator at Wimbledon. Becker also plays exhibitions on the Senior ATP Tour and on the Billie Jean King's World Team Tennis tour. Outside of his sports career Boris Becker has been a successful businessman. He owns half of the tennis racquet company Völkl, collaborates with watchmakers, owns several Mercedes dealerships and also does promotions for Mercedes-Benz.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Shelokhonov

Spouse (2)

Lilly Kerssenberg (12 June 2009 - present) (1 child)
Barbara Feltus (17 December 1993 - 15 January 2001) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (30)

Former professional tennis player.
(January 26, 2001) A Munich court granted Becker a divorce. Ex-wife Barbara reportedly got a $14.4 million settlement, their condo on Florida's exclusive Fisher Island and custody of their sons, Noah and Elias.
Member of the Laureus World Sports Academy, a European foundation devoted to achieving social change through sports.
Father Karl-Heinz, an architect, designed the tennis center where Becker and Steffi Graf played against each other as children.
Never won a professional tournament on clay.
In 1992, ignoring his nation's euphoria over reunification, Becker refused to serve as ambassador for Berlin's bid to host the 2000 Olympics, saying he feared a triumphant Germany might stir its citizens' old fantasies about a master race.
Owns 3 Mercedes-Benz dealerships.
The only unseeded player to win the Wimbledon's men's singles title and the first German ever to win it.
(August 4, 2002) Boris Becker Sports Collection presented in Italy. It will be launched worldwide in February 2003.
Won the 1992 Olympic men's tennis doubles title with Michael Stich.
(October 24, 2002) Convicted of tax evasion after a two-day trial in Munich. Becker was given two years' probation, fined $500,000, and ordered to pay all court costs. Becker, who admitted he lived in Germany from 1991-1993 while claiming to reside in the tax haven of Monte Carlo, has already paid $3 million in back taxes.
Publisher of Germany's Tennis Magazine [2002]
Fathered a daughter, Anna (b. March 22, 2000 in London, UK), by Russian-African model Angela Ermakova. The child was conceived in a closet at Nobu restaurant, where Ermakova worked as a waitress, after a drunken Becker had a fight with his wife. At first he denied paternity, but after DNA tests proved his paternity Becker said he wants to meet Anna - but is afraid that Ermakova would turn the meeting into a media circus. On July 9, 2001, he agreed to pay Ermakova $5 million.
Career prize earnings: $21,966,402.
Youngest men's Wimbledon champ in history (1985 at age 17 years, 7 months). Becker won 49 singles titles, including six Grand Slams [Wimbledon (1985, 1986, 1989), Australian Open (1991, 1996) and US Open (1989)], plus 15 doubles titles.
First player to win a Grand Slam title after becoming a father (1996 Australian Open)
Inducted into The International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 12, 2003.
Lives in Schwyz, Switzerland.
Has written with "advisers" his yet-untitled autobiography, due in stores in November, Bertelsmann Publishers announced. (August 6, 2003).
Announced his retirement on June 25, 1999. Hours after losing to Patrick Rafter in the 4th round at Wimbledon.
Although he can speak English, Becker was granted permission to testify in German and have the proceedings translated into German during his divorce trial in Miami.
Son of Elvira Becker.
Signs with PokerStars.net and will play on its European Tour (November 2007).
Launched "Boris Becker TV" online media platform. The site follows Becker's daily life, and shows clips of his career. (May 2009).
Married Lilly Kerssenberg the same day his ex-wife Barbara remarried. Among the 200 guests were Mika Häkkinen and Franz Beckenbauer.
Amadeus Benedict Edley Luis Becker, Becker's 4th child, and first with wife Lilly Kerssenberg, born on February 9, 2010 in London, UK.
Managed by Ion Tiriac from 1984-1993.
Novak Djokovic announced he has hired Becker to head his coaching team for the 2014 season. [December 18, 2013].
The West German Sports Hero of the Second Half of the 1980s.

Personal Quotes (1)

I got thrown into the sea at 17 (upon winning Wimbledon), and it was a case of sink or swim. I somehow made it to land, but I swallowed a lot of water on the way.

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