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lol @ Cilla........but your right, at Wimbly he also kept on crossing his legs like a woman which was a bit annoying. But with all the stories about his women trouble in tabloids...its safe to say he's not a poo pincher :p
 

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lol @ Cilla........but your right, at Wimbly he also kept on crossing his legs like a woman which was a bit annoying. But with all the stories about his women trouble in tabloids...its safe to say he's not a poo pincher :p
LMAO!! :p and don't even get me started on his hairstyle throughout Wimbledon :eek: A Becks gone wrong-lol!
 

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:eek: :eek: Let's hope we don't see him wearing any sarongs in public ;)

.......and there i was thinking this was suppose to be a cheering thread :p
 

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I'm a fan of him, at least as a tennis-player. :eek:
I have always been supporting him, he was the player who made me a tennis fan.

Apart from his voice, his legs and his hair-style: Was he good as a commentator ? He did it a few times in German TV, and it was always quite funny and interesting. Too bad he's not it more often here because I think he's talented.
 

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Boris in Stuttgart last week













I wasn't particularly a fan of him but I loved his rivalry with Edberg :hearts: and he is one of those strong personalities who brought a lot to tennis, especially in Germany of course but also to Wimbledon and everywhere.
 

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Boris rocks the commentary at Wimbly! :bounce: His comments on Paradons "fit upper body" made me laugh :D
 

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Boris!

I never really knew Boris as a player (he quit just as I began watching) but, boy do I love him as a commentator! He's the absolute best, especially last year when he was still 'green' :) That was friggin comic relief, he said things like "that was a good ace!"! But he has really improved and knows his stuff now. I just adore him and he's also got these wild hairdo's which are just hilarious. What can I say, I'm quite smitten :)
 

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Becker's route to Hall a grass-roots success
By Bud Collins, Globe Columnist, 7/12/2003

NEWPORT, R.I. -- He was an in-your-face man with racket, and frequently the court was in his face. That was ''Belly-flopping Boris'' -- Boris Franz Becker -- charging, diving, uninhibited in his pursuit of tennis balls. Grass-stained and grinning, he charmed Wimbledon crowds with his good-natured aggression, winning the championship thrice and making the final four other times.

Returning to a grass court tomorrow, Boris is expected to remain upright at The Casino as he is ushered into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, along with Texan Nancy Richey, Frenchwoman Francoise Durr, and Australian Brian Tobin. They're the Hall's Class of 2003, to be feted at the annual induction accompanying the semifinals of the Jimmy Van Alen Cup stopover on the ATP tour.

Becker's is the most recognizable name, a name he began making in 1985 as an almost anonymous 17-year-old. Then the big German kid, 6 feet 4 inches, solidly put together and red-haired, was red-hot. Daringly weaving his way through the crowd, he became Wimbledon's youngest male champ, and the first unseeded one, by beating Kevin Curren.

He repeated the following year, over No. 1 seed Ivan Lendl, and says that was the most meaningful of his three titles on Centre Court. He had become an instant god in Germany -- ''a lot for a kid to handle,'' Boris says. ''I spent a year not quite knowing who I was or where I was.'' He was in a whirl of adulation in the fatherland, where a goddess named Steffi Graf was about to blossom, the two of them afflicting Germany with tennis madness. ''But with all that was going on, I was still able to win it again.'' And again in 1989 over Stefan Edberg.

In an earlier era, compatriot Richard Wagner would have made him the hero of an opera, a Rhine-journeying Siegfried in short pants. Boris used to say he felt mystical vibrations on Centre Court, where only he and Pete Sampras brandished their gut-strung weapons in seven finals.

Becker's arrival in Newport also has brought the game's latter-day Count Dracula -- the glowering Ion Tiriac, from the count's Romanian neighborhood -- back to our province. Tiriac, once the player-coach of the happily-remembered Boston Lobsters of World Team Tennis, was Becker's mentor for a time and will be his presenter tomorrow.

Boris feels New England was the scene of his greatest victory, the spectacular 1987 Davis Cup clash with John McEnroe in Hartford. In one of the longest of all matches, 6 hours 21 minutes, Becker won, 4-6, 15-13, 8-10, 6-2, 6-2. He turned the volleying duel his way in the 2-hour-35-minute second set by bulling out of 0-40 and five set points to 11-11. Boris also beat Tim Mayotte, 6-2, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-2, to clinch the 3-2 decision.

''It was a must for us,'' Boris recalls. ''A relegation [series]. We'd lost to Mexico in the first round, and the US lost to Paraguay. We had to beat the Americans to stay in the World Group instead of dropping to limbo, as they did. That enabled us to take the Cup away from Sweden in 1988.''

Germany kept the Cup in 1989. Over those two campaigns, Becker won 18 of 19 matches (11-0 in singles). He had a career record of 54-12 (38-3 in singles). Winning seven of eight singles, he had carried the team virtually singlehandedly to the Cup final of 1985, a 3-2 loss to Sweden.

Boris sailed through periods when he could do no wrong, and gritted his teeth through those when he could do no right, creating tall headlines either way. Being a god has its drawbacks. He weathered tax problems, and had to cough up in a paternity suit.

''It was hard, but I learned I wasn't the only one with problems,'' he says. ''You go beyond them.''

Back at Wimbledon this year, he was a Centre Court hit once more, as a TV commentator for the BBC. He can laugh about the paradoxes of fame, like his days as a ghosted columnist for Bild, Germany's leading tabloid. He was a star on the back page, dispensing sage opinions, and at the same time might be ripped on the front page for some mischievous act.

No tennis player has ever captivated a country, one way or another, as Becker did Germany. His best quote was on the subject of pressure: ''Pressure? I'll tell you what pressure is. It's a man struggling to support a family -- not playing a game.''

Boris totaled a half-dozen singles majors, adding the US over Lendl in 1989, the Australian in 1991 over Lendl and in 1996 over Michael Chang, plus Olympic gold in doubles with Michael Stich in 1992.
 

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I never rooted for him when he played but he is a great commentator. Very insightful guy. Definitely understands the nuances of the game and knows how to convey it to the audience. As for his hair? Oh dear Lord!
 
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