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Boris Becker

Boris Franz Becker (b. November 22, 1967 in Leimen, Germany) is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from Germany. He is a six-time Grand Slam singles champion, an Olympic gold medalist, and the youngest-ever winner of the men's singles title at Wimbledon at the age of 17. Since he retired from the professional tour, media work and colourful aspects of his personal life have kept him in the headlines.
Becker is the only son of an architect, who built the tennis center where Boris learned the game. Becker turned professional in 1984 and won his first professional doubles title that year in Munich. The orange-blond teenager took the sports world by storm in 1985. He won his first top-level singles title in June at Queen's Club and then, two weeks later, became the first unseeded player, the youngest-ever male, and the first German to win the Wimbledon singles title, defeating Kevin Curren in four sets. At the time, he was the youngest-ever male Grand Slam singles champion at 17 years, 7 months (a record broken by Michael Chang who won the French Open when he was 17 years, 3 months). Two months after his triumph, Becker became the youngest winner of the Cincinnati Masters. In 1986, Becker successfully defended his Wimbledon title, defeating Ivan Lendl (world #1 at the time) in straight sets.
Becker unexpectedly lost in the second round of Wimbledon in 1987. In the Davis Cup, 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 39 minutes. Becker was back in 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. And he won the year-end Masters in New York, defeating five-time champion Lendl 5-7, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6. 1989 was possibly the pinnacle of Becker's career. He defeated Edberg in straight sets in the Wimbledon final and then beat Lendl in the U.S. Open. He also helped West Germany retain the Davis Cup, winning a long match in the quarterfinal round against Andre Agassi, 6-7, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4. The World No. 1 ranking, however, still eluded him.
In 1990, Becker met Edberg for the third consecutive year in the Wimbledon final, losing a long five-set match. Becker reached the final of the Australian Open for the first time in his career in 1991, where he defeated Lendl to finally claim the World No. 1 ranking. He was ranked No. 1 for several weeks during 1991, though he never managed to finish a year ranked as the World's No. 1 player. Becker reached his fourth consecutive Wimbledon final in 1991, where he unexpectedly lost in straight sets to his German compatriot Michael Stich. Becker and Stich developed a long-standing fierce rivalry, the media often pairing up the raw, passionate Becker against the level-headed, suave Stich. However, Becker and Stich teamed up in 1992 to win the men's doubles gold medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona.
Becker defeated Jim Courier in straight sets to win the 1992 year-end ATP Tour World Championships, held then in Frankfurt, Germany. Becker reached the Wimbledon final for the seventh time in 1995, where he lost in four sets to Pete Sampras. He won the year-end ATP Tour World Championships 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 Michael Chang in the final of the Australian Open. In that tournament, Becker delivered one of the funniest victory speeches in recent tennis history. When he listed his sponsors, he cut himself short saying that he did not have the whole day left. He then said that in prior years, when he was eliminated early, the organisation was so good that he really enjoyed watching the matches on TV. And he consoled losing finalist Chang by saying that his (Becker's) days were numbered, while Chang was still a young guy.
Becker lost to Sampras in the final of the 1996 ATP Tour World Championships in Hannover, Germany, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4. Becker saved two match points in the fourth set and held serve 27 consecutive times until he was broken in the penultimate game. Sampras, who had lost to Becker a month earlier in a five-set final in Stuttgart, later called Becker the best indoor player he ever faced.[citation needed] In 1997, Becker also lost to Sampras in a quarterfinal at Wimbledon, in what many had thought would be Becker's final appeareance there. In 1999, however, he again played at Wimbledon, losing in the fourth round to Patrick Rafter. Becker was most comfortable playing on fast-playing surfaces, particularly indoor carpet (on which he won 26 titles) and grass courts. 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.
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 Tennis Masters Cup in 1988, 1992, and 1995, 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 '98). Becker won singles titles in 14 different countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Qatar, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States. In 2003, Becker was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Becker occasionally plays on the senior tour and in World Team Tennis. He also commentates at Wimbledon for the BBC each year.

Grand Slam singles finals

Year Championship Position Opponent Score
1985 Wimbledon Champion Kevin Curren 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4
1986 Wimbledon Champion Ivan Lendl 6-4, 6-3, 7-5
1989 Wimbledon Champion Stefan Edberg 6-0, 7-6, 6-4
1989 U.S. Open Champion Ivan Lendl 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6
1991 Australian Open Champion Ivan Lendl 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
1996 Australian Open Champion Michael Chang 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
1998 Wimbledon Runner-Up Stefan Edberg 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2
1990 Wimbledon Runner-Up Stefan Edberg 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4
1991 Wimbledon Runner-Up Michael Stich 6-4, 7-6, 6-4
1995 Wimbledon Runner-Up Pete Sampras 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2

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