Boris Becker

Boris Franz Becker was born in Leimen on November 22, 1967. Skilled in service and serve-and-volley, he is the youngest winner in the history of the men's Wimbledon Championships, having won it for the first time at the age of 17, confirming himself as champion of the tournament the following year.

He won a total of 6 Grand Slam tournaments, 3 ATP Finals, 2 Davis Cups, 2 World Team Cups, a Hopman Cup and was number one in the world. Between 2013 and 2016 he was Novak Djokovic's coach.

At the beginning of his career, he had an extraordinary impact on the media, not only for his precocity, but also for being the first tennis player to be able to associate, to great effect, the power of his strokes, typical of modern tennis, with the refinement of his classic tennis and is considered one of the strongest tennis players ever on rapid surfaces, having played 7 finals at the Wimbledon Championships and won 49 tournaments.

He is the only tennis player in history to have won two Grand Slam tournaments before turning 19 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003.

In 2017, a British court, following a request from a private bank, declared Becker's bankrupt. In 2020, the UK bankruptcy administrator recognized a £34 million credit to Hans-Dieter Cleven, Becker's former business partner. In 2022 he was sentenced by an English court to 30 months in prison, half of which to be spent in prison, for fraudulent bankruptcy.

Becker was held in custody in Wandsworth prison in London from 29 April 2022. In December 2022 the tabloid Daily Mirror announced that the former tennis player, not having British citizenship, would benefit, like other non-British prisoners, from an international treaty for extradition in the country of origin, where to serve the remaining time of the sentence in freedom, but without being able to return to the United Kingdom.

Returning to his homeland in December 2022, Boris cried during an interview with the German television station Sat.1, reporting that he thought he would be murdered in prison: in fact, he was threatened with death by two assassins, first in the London prison and then in the one where was transferred later.