Germany’s Boris Becker the former number one men’s tennis player is the coach of the current top ranked player Novak Djokovic. He won Wimbledon in 1985 and 1986 at the age of 17 and 18, the first non seed to do so. He again won in 1989 and finished his career with six Grand Slam titles and an Olympic Gold Medal in doubles.
His booming serves, heavy forehand, penetrating volleys and diving saves were an immediate crowd favourite. They called him “Boom Boom,” a term he disliked, saying it was too, “war like”. His highly dramatic has spawned other sayings however, such as the “Becker Faust” (the Becker fist), the “Becker Sage” (the “Becker Saw”, when he pumped his fist in a sawing motion) and the “Becker Shuffle” (the dance he often performed after winning an important point).
Boris signed the sketch for me at the O2 pier while he attended the ATP World Tour Finals in London last week.