German tennis player, who in 1985 became the youngest ever winner of the men's singles championship at Wimbledon.
Born at Leimen, near Heidelberg, his first major success came in 1983 when he won the West German junior championship. The power of Becker's serve and his speed in crossing the court to return apparently unreachable shots thrilled crowds and made him a formidable opponent, particularly on grass courts. His victory at Wimbledon in 1985, in which he beat Kevin Curren in the final, was the first occasion that the championship had been won by an unseeded player; he was just seventeen years old. He repeated his success at Wimbledon in 1986, again guided by his coach Ion Tiriac, who had directed his career since 1984; he won once more in 1989 and reached the finals again in 1988, 1990, and 1991. Becker was Australian Open Champion in 1991 and 1996 but has had somewhat mixed results in other major tournaments, especially when playing on hard courts.
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).