Boris Becker

Boris Becker is one of the legends of the game, stunning the world of tennis in the middle of the eighties, when he won Wimbledon in 1985 at seventeen years old (beating Kevin Curren in the final), and successfully defending the title in 1986. Everyone went crazy for that blonde big boy from Germany who blasted his way to the top with a serve rarely seen before, well over 200 kmh, a peculiar execution with extreme knee-bending and an incredible leg push as a result. This catapult-style cannonball was Becker’s signature shot, lethal on both first and second serves, perfect to be quickly followed to the net. Boris was an extraordinary serve&volley player, having the agility of a handball goal-keeper, and being capable of reaching nearly every passing shot. When the ball was too far from his racket, the German went into full showtime mode: he was the first to make one of the most difficult, risky and spectacular shots in tennis, the diving volley, a routine in his matches. At some point during his great career, spectators and fans watched his matches just waiting for the moment of the big dive, and Boris delivered every time. Becker’s forehand and one-handed backhand were a joy to admire for lovers of classic tennis executions, big shots that the German fired with flawless technique and unespected elegance, given his physical body-type. Imagine a body-builder, with broad shoulders, powerful arms and legs and everything, but capable of extraordinary precision and sensibility when needed, not only prone to hitting every ball with all his strength. Probably Boris can be outed as the first example of a modern power-player, the energy and speed of his shots were incredible for the time: but the ability treat the ball with delicacy and touch was there as well. You don’t get to 6 Slam titles and to number 1 ATP just hard-hitting your way to the top. And more than that, you don’t become an absolute idol for an entire generation of spectacular tennis lovers if you don’t have something really special in your personality, as a fighter and as a charismatic sports icon as well. Lotto Sport is very proud of having had Becker as a testimonial for a significant part of his career, and will always be grateful for the emotions “Bum Bum” Boris gave to us all at the time, as well as for the fond memories we have now. When a tennis player goes for a diving volley nowadays (it’s so rare and somewhat unespected), every single TV commentator says “wow, that’s Boris Becker style”, 30 years later. Impacting the game to the point of becoming unforgettable is a legacy to be proud of, something very few of the Greats of tennis can say of themselves.