A tennis legend’s deep fall in rapid motion

April 29, 2022 – at 17.50 watch

He was and is one of the greatest German sports heroes: Boris Becker. Youngest Wimbledon winner ever. the nation’s treasure. But his life was turbulent. Sporty and private. Now the low point: Becker is going to jail. Stations of an extraordinary career in regular exercise:

On July 7, 1985, a star rose

November 22, 1967: Boris Franz Becker was born in Leimen, a small town on the outskirts of Heidelberg.

June 1, 1984: Becker begins work with manager Ion Tiriac. Coach Günther Bosch was already on the team at that time.

March 8, 1985: Becker makes his Davis Cup debut for Germany. By the end of his career, he will have won 38 out of 41 individual events.

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June 16, 1985: Becker wins his first professional tournament at London’s Queen’s Club – on grass, of course.

July 7, 1985: “The second birthday”. Becker wins at 17 years and 227 days as the youngest player to date at Wimbledon.

July 6, 1986: Becker repeats his triumph at Wimbledon in the final against Ivan Lendl.

Becker writes Davis Cup history

January 20, 1987: Becker and Bosch are divorced – and have had some contact since then.

June 26, 1987: After 15 wins in a row, Becker loses to Peter Doohan in the second round of Wimbledon.

July 24, 1987: Becker defeats John McEnroe in Davis Cup in “Battle of Hartford” after more than six hours.

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December 5, 1988: Becker triumphs for the first time at the Masters. He beats Lendl in New York’s Madison Square Garden.

16.-18. December 1988: Becker leads the German team to the first title of the Davis Cup. In Gothenburg, the guests win 4: 1.

July 9, 1989: At the age of 22, Becker wins Wimbledon for the third time, in the final against Stefan Edberg. That should be the last clue in his living room.

September 10, 1989: Becker beats Lendl and wins US Open in New York.

Separation from manager Tiriac

December 15-17, 1989: Becker and his Davis Cup colleagues successfully defend their title against Sweden in Stuttgart.

January 27, 1991: Becker wins the Australian Open and one day later becomes number one in the world for the first time.

July 7, 1991: Becker surprisingly loses his sixth Wimbledon final against Michael Stich – and still returns to the top of the world rankings.

August 5, 1992: Becker wins Olympic gold medal in doubles alongside Stich in Barcelona.

November 22, 1992: On his 25th birthday, Becker wins the ATP World Championships in Frankfurt in the final against Jim Courier.

July 21, 1993: Becker is separated from manager Tiriac.

Becker marries Barbara Feltus

December 17, 1993: Becker marries his fiancée Barbara Feltus, who is eight months pregnant, in Leimen.

January 18, 1994: Becker becomes father for the first time, his wife Barbara gives birth to their son Noah.

June 9, 1995: Becker is in the Wimbledon final for the seventh and final time – and loses to Pete Sampras.

November 19, 1995: Becker wins ATP World Championship for third time. In the Frankfurt final, he beat Michael Chang.

January 28, 1996: Becker wins his sixth and final Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in the final against Chang.

June 28, 1996: Becker injures his wrist at Wimbledon and has to retire in the match against Neville Godwin.

November 24, 1996: Becker loses in five sets against Sampras in the final at the ATP World Championships in Hanover and then talks about “the best match of my life”.

conditional sentence for tax evasion

July 3, 1997: Becker declares the end of his big career after losing in the Wimbledon quarter-final against Sampras and only wants to play in smaller tournaments.

October 7, 1997: Becker succeeds Niki Pilic as German Davis Cup team manager.

April 3, 1999: Becker plays his last match in the Davis Cup in doubles against Russia.

May 20, 1999: Becker plays for Germany for the last time against Spain at the World Team Cup in Düsseldorf.

June 30, 1999: Becker plays his last professional match in the round of 16 at Wimbledon against Patrick Rafter. During the night, he becomes the father of his daughter Anna with Angela Ermakowa.

January 15, 2001: Becker and his wife Barbara get divorced in the United States.

October 24, 2002: Becker sentenced to two years probation by a Munich court for tax evasion.

The court declares Becker insolvent

June 12, 2009: Becker marries Sharlely Kerssenberg in St. Moritz.

February 10, 2010: Becker’s third son Amadeus is born.

December 18, 2013: Becker becomes Novak Djokovic’s coach, together winning the six Grand Slam titles until they split at the end of 2016.

June 21, 2017: An English court declares Becker insolvent.

August 23, 2017: Becker becomes “Head of Men’s Tennis” in the German Tennis Federation (DTB).

November 22, 2017: Boris Becker turns 50.

May 29, 2018: Becker and his wife Lilly break up after 13 years “amicably and amicably”.

sentencing to prison

July 11, 2019: An auction of Becker’s trophies and memorabilia brings in 765,000 euros.

November 25, 2020: Becker announces that he will retire as head of men’s tennis at DTB at the end of the year.

April 8, 2022: Becker is found guilty of four out of 24 charges in his trial for failure to cooperate in his bankruptcy proceedings.

April 29, 2022: Becker sentenced to prison. The sentence, which he can appeal against, reads for two and a half years without parole. (tme / sid)

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