In July 1985, at the age of 17, he entered Wimbledon as an unranked player and took the tournament by storm, beating Kevin Curren by four sets in the final.

Boris Becker’s girlfriend Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro visits him at HMP Wandsworth


Few sports stars have ever reached the pinnacle of Boris Becker’s tennis career – and none are as young as the German ace.

Born in Leimen, West Germany, in 1967, Becker, the son of an architect father and a Czech immigrant mother, was immersed in the world of tennis from an early age.

His father founded a tennis center in the city, where Becker honed his skills early on.

At the age of 10, in 1977, he was a member of the Baden Tennis Association junior team.

He went on to win the South German Championship and the first German youth tennis tournament.

After securing training funding from the German Tennis Federation, he turned professional aged 16 in 1984, winning the Tennis World Young Masters at the NEC Birmingham in 1985, before claiming victory at Queens in June.

In July 1985, at the age of 17, he entered Wimbledon as an unranked player and took the tournament by storm, beating Kevin Curren by four sets in the final.

Two weeks later, in July, at the age of 17, he entered Wimbledon as an unranked player and took the tournament by storm, beating Kevin Curren by four sets in the final.

At just 17 years and 228 days old, he became the youngest men’s singles champion at SW19 – and immediately became a household name.

The following year he defended his title, defeating world number one Ivan Lendl to secure back-to-back Wimbledon titles.

He made 77 finals and won 49 singles titles in his 16 years as a tennis professional.

But by 1993, faced with criticism over his marriage to wife Barbara and tax problems with the German government, Becker had plunged into a serious mid-career decline.

In 1997, Becker lost to Sampras in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. After this match, he swore never to play Wimbledon again.

However, he returned once again to the prestigious West London tennis club, in 1999, this time losing in the fourth round to Patrick Rafter.

Off the pitch, his personal issues continued. He had to pay £2.4million after fathering a daughter, named Anna, with a Russian model while married to his wife Barbara.

This incident took place after he crashed from Wimbledon to Rafter in 1999 and decided to retire from the sport, aged 31.

Becker, in his 2003 autobiography Stay A Moment Longer, revealed how he “crowned” and felt the need to go out for a few beers with friends.

However, his then-wife Barbara, seven months pregnant with their second son, wanted him to stay at their hotel with her.

But by 1993, faced with criticism over his marriage to wife Barbara and tax problems with the German government, Becker had plunged into a serious mid-career decline.

But by 1993, faced with criticism over his marriage to wife Barbara and tax problems with the German government, Becker had plunged into a serious mid-career decline.

“She couldn’t and wouldn’t understand that she suddenly wasn’t first in my priorities,” Becker said.

“I said, ‘Just one more time with the guys, Barbara, just one more time to say goodbye and then it’s just you’. It didn’t work. We rowed for two hours Suddenly she was in pain and decided to go to the hospital.;

Becker said he told his wife to call him if the baby was really on the way and then drive to town.

At 11 p.m. he was in the bar at Nobu in Mayfair and spotted Russian model Angela Ermakowa. The couple had sex on the stairs of the London outpost.

The following February, his secretary gave him a fax in his office in Munich. It read: “Dear Herr Becker, we met at Nobu in London. The result of this meeting is now eight months old.

He then separated from his first wife Barbara Feltus, a divorce that would have cost him more than £15million, and from their home in Miami.

Becker found a new purpose after tennis soon after, joining the BBC for its annual Wimbledon coverage – to great acclaim.

But his personal problems continued. He had a brief engagement with Alessandra Meyer-Wölden in 2008, before announcing that he and Dutch model Sharlely “Lilly” Kerssenberg would be getting married in 2009.

After nine years of marriage and a child, Becker’s fourth, the couple separated in 2018.

A year earlier, Becker had been declared bankrupt in June 2017 over an unpaid loan of over £3million on his estate in Mallorca, Spain.

His former business partner, Hans-Dieter Cleven, has also claimed the former tennis ace owes him more than £30m – although the case was thrown out by a Swiss court.

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