Boris Becker, speaker

Boris Becker

Youngest ever Wimbledon Men's Champion, Coach & Commentator

A champion sportsman who made tennis the sport to watch and inspired a generation through the number of matches he has won over a successful career.

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About Boris Becker

Background / History

Boris Becker was born in the town of Leimen which is in Baden-Wrttemberg, West Germany on 22 November 1967. His father was an architect with a love of tennis; he had set up a tennis centre in Leimen in 1964 and this is where a young Boris learned how to play.


Boris excelled at tennis and soon found that he was emerging victorious from steadily more difficult matches. His talent was apparent and he became a professional player at the age of 16. His coach, Gnther Bosch, educated and encouraged the young star and his winning streak continued. After winning his initial top-level singles title in June 1985, Boris went on to win the singles title at Wimbledon just weeks later. At the time, he was the youngest male to have won this title and a few months later he went on to achieve the same record at the Cincinnati Open.

Beckers talent was obvious and in 1986 he beat Ivan Lendl to triumph at Wimbledon once again. In the 1987 Davis Cup, Becker played one of the longest recorded tennis matches against John McEnroe, lasting for an astounding six hours, 22 minutes.

1988 was generally a successful year for Becker. He won the Davis Cup for Germany, a Masters title in New York and the WCT Finals of the World Championship Tennis Tour. He was less successful at Wimbledon, losing to Stefan Edberg by four sets.

In 1989, he won two Grand Slam titles in singles and continued to succeed in numerous tournaments. It was in this year that he was awarded the ATP Tour title of Player of the Year. His success continued into the nineties and in 1991 he was world number one for twelve weeks. He played numerous high profile tournaments with great success. In 1992, he won an Olympic Gold medal in the mens doubles tournament in Barcelona with Michael Stitch.

After years of continued success, Becker achieved his sixth Grand Slam title in 1996, though he went on to humorously admit that his rivals may not have to fear his talent for much longer as he was not as young as he used to be.

In 1996, Beckers aim of taking part in Wimbledon was thwarted when he injured his wrist during another match. Later that year, however, he was back on form and went on to win the Grand Slam Cup. Although Becker played Wimbledon in both 1997 and 1999, he was unsuccessful on both occasions and the 1999 match was his final performance at the tournament.

Beckers tennis playing style has been described as fast paced with exceptional volleying skills and athletic ability, earning him nicknames such as Boom Boom. Several tennis-related moves have been affectionately named after Becker, for example, a Becker Shuffle is a dance like the one he carried out to celebrate success. He won more tournaments on grass and carpet than he did on clay surfaces, indicating a fast speed of play.

Becker still occasionally plays tennis and acts as a Wimbledon commentator for the BBC. He started purchasing real estate in his twenties and is still investing in property. A range of tennis racquets carries the Becker name and he tries each new design to ensure he feels it meets his standards.

In 2009, Boris-Becker TV was launched online. The site focuses on Beckers tennis achievements.

Personal Life

Boris Becker now lives in Switzerland in the scenic town of Schwyz for the majority of the time, though he spends some of his time in Munich. Becker also has his own accommodation in several other places, including London, Monaco, Miami and near to Wimbledon. These are locations which allow him to visit his children regularly.

He married his first wife, Barbara Feltus, in 1993 and the couple had two sons, Noah Gabriel and Elias. Unfortunately, things did not work out for the couple and they divorced in 2001. The divorce attracted media attention due to a dispute regarding the prenuptial agreement between the couple.

Becker has another child with Angela Ermakova, a Russian model. Their daughter, Anna, was born in 2000. Though Becker was initially not sure whether Anna was his daughter, a DNA test confirmed that she was and in 2007 he was awarded joint custody with Ermakova.

After a failed engagement to Alessandra Meyer-Wlden in 2008, Becker went on to announce that he was engaged to Sharlely Kerssenberg, a model from the Netherlands. They married as planned in June 2009 and had their first child together in February 2010, a son named Amadeus Benedict Edley Luis.

Becker is a fan of sport, particularly football and is on the advisory board of Bayern Munich, the German Club which he supports.

A true sportsman, Boris Becker has a passion for sport which can prove infectious. Audiences will be inspired to achieve their best in the sport (or other activity) that they have chosen.

Boris Becker is one of the most well-known tennis players of all time. His list of victories is an inspiration to those just beginning to play professionally.

Current / Past Roles & Positions

  • Youngest winner of a men's singles title at Wimbledon (aged 17)
  • Won Olympic gold in doubles
  • Six time Grand Slam singles champion
  • One of Tennis magazine's top 40 players between 1965 - 2005
  • Winner of 49 singles title
  • Winner of 15 doubles titles


Boris speaks English and German.

Speaking Style

Amusing, informal, interactive, passionate and story-telling

Speaking Topics

  • Awards Presenting
  • Achieving your Goals
  • Winning against the odds
  • Winning


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Books By Boris Becker

  • The Player: The Autobiography (2005)
  • Boris Becker: Photographs 1984-2009 (with Siegfried Gohr and Gabriele Conrath-Scholl) (2010)

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