Boris Becker is a legendary tennis player, one of the greatest to grace the sport. Born into a privileged family, his parents had their sights set on him finishing school and building a career in a “befitting” profession. But as fate would have it, Boris left school when he was ten to focus on tennis. With the right support from his parents, a good coach, and the best training, Boris was able to hit stardom 7 years later. Read on to know more about him – his career achievements, net worth, relationships, and other facts of his life.
Boris Becker Biography
Boris Franz Becker was born on November 22, 1967, in Leimen, West Germany, to Karl Heinz Becker and Elvira Becker. His love for tennis came at the tender age of seven after he signed up as a member of the Blau-Weiß Leimen club which was founded by his father. At the club, he learned the basics of tennis and developed a very unexplainable love for the game which made him drop out of school. He opted to attend the West Germany Tennis Federation so as to chase his dreams of becoming a professional tennis player.
Upon joining the Federation, he competed in several local youth championships with him going on to win the maiden edition of the German Youth Tournament at the age of 10. Following the success recorded at youth level, he decided to go Pro at the age of 16. Having perfected his serve as well as his smashes, it was only a matter of time before he made an impact in the game.
In 1985, Boris Becker became a force to reckon with in the world of tennis after going all the way to reach the Wimbledon finals in which he defeated Kevin Curran in four sets. With his victory in the 1985 Wimbledon Open, he set a double record – first for being the first non-seeded player in history to win the Wimbledon Open, and then for being the youngest men’s player in history to win a grand slam tournament.
About 2 months after clinching the Wimbledon title, he set another record for being the youngest male player to win the Cincinnati Open. He narrowly defeated Mats Wilander in a keenly contested final, before going on to defend his Wimbledon title successfully the following year.
Boris Becker went all the way to become one of the most successful tennis players ever. He won series of Wimbledon titles, ATP, French Open, WTF, Cincinnati titles, US Open, and Australian Open before he retired in 1999. The man was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003 as a result of his contributions to the beautiful game.
Following his retirement from tennis, he played poker professionally from 2009-2013 before making his return to tennis later in 2013; but this time, as the coach of Novak Djokovic.
Without an iota of doubt, Boris Becker is one of the greatest players to ever grace the game of Tennis. In 1987, barely two years after going pro, he was ranked no 2 in world tennis.
During his 14-years career as a professional tennis player, he reached the Wimbledon Grand slam final 7 times with him emerging as the winner on 3 occasions. In all, he won six grand slams – 2 Australian Opens in 1991 and 1996, one US Open in 1989, and 3 Wimbledon Open in 1985, 1986, and 1989. That being said, he won a total of 49 singles titles and 15 doubles.
His Net Worth
At the time of this post, the net worth of the former German tennis player isn’t quite known. However, in 2016, he was said to have an estimated net worth of about $29 million, the bulk of which he earned through his trophy-laden career as a tennis player. It is known that he pocketed a total of $25,080,956 as prize money. He also earned an impressive sum of $100, 000 during his brief stint at poker after his retirement from Tennis.
However, as a result of several settlements in court in form of divorce fees, and several businesses that went wrong, Boris Becker was declared bankrupt in June 2017 by a high court in London. This was as a result of his inability in paying his $54 million debt to Arbuthnot Latham & Co Merchant bank.
Boris’ Wife and Children
The 6 ft. 3 in. German national might have been able to find success in sports, but in his marital life, it has been another story altogether. The former tennis star has been married twice in his life; his first marriage was on the 17th of December 1993 when he tied the knot with German-American designer, Barbara Feltus. They got divorced on January 15, 2001, as a result of infidelity on the part of Becker.
After several years of being single, he found love again; this time, in the person of the Dutch model, Lily Kerssenberg who he met at a runway event in Miami. On 13 June 2009, they tied the knot in a private wedding ceremony in St Moritz, Switzerland. After nine years of marriage, their love for each other deteriorated, thereby leading them to file for divorce. Their divorce was finalized in May 2018.
Boris Becker is a father to four children: Noah Gabriel (b.1994) and Elias Balthasar (b.1999) from his first marriage. He had Amadeus Becker (b. 2010) with his second wife and Anna Ermakova (b. 2000) with a Russian model he had an affair with.