Boris Becker is the most successful German tennis player. Becker was born on 22. November 1967 in Leimen, Germany. Many know him also under the nickname was “Bum-Bum-Boris”. He earned this name because of his offensive play.
During his professional career, from 1984 to 1999, he was the number 1 in the world rankings for twelve weeks. He won 64 tournaments, 49 tournaments in singles and 15 in doubles. Boris celebrated six Grand Slam tournament victories:
- three times Wimbledon in 1985, 1986 and 1989
- twice Australian Open in 1991 and 1996
- once the US Open in 1989
In 1992 Becker won together with Michael Stich Olympic gold in doubles. In 1988, 1992 and 1995 Boris was the ATP World Champion. In 1988 and 1989 he won the Davis Cup winner.
Many tennis fans and experts say that Becker’s Wimbledon victory in 1985 was the trigger for a tennis boom in Germany and the reason why tennis became the most popular sport to watch in Germany after football.
With just 17 years Boris Becker won Wimbledon after playing four sets against the South African Kevin Curren. To this day, Becker is the youngest Wimbledon winner.
In 1986, he triumphed again in the final against Ivan Lendl, and in 1989 he won against Stefan Edberg. Becker reached the finals four more times.
As a result of his victories, Becker was voted Sportsman of the Year in Germany four times (1985, 1986, 1989, 1990) and twice European Sportsman of the Year in 1986 and 1989. Becker became a founding member of the Laureus World Sports Academy in 2000 and was admitted in 2003 to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.