Becker brings BBC Wimbledon to the living room
Boris Becker, three times Wimbledon champion and the youngest ever
winner, has signed a deal with BBC SPORT to join our television commentary
team for the 2002 Wimbledon tennis championships.
Becker said: "As I have said many times, I have always regarded
Wimbledon Centre Court as my living room, and I'm
really looking forward to seeing this room from a different perspective.
I am very honoured to be asked to be part of the BBC team, as the
BBC for me has always represented the best in sports coverage."
Salmon, Director of BBC Sport, said: "We are delighted to welcome
Boris Becker to the BBC. Becker's trade mark style of play at Wimbledon
with his acrobatic antics are legendary and we're confident that
he will bring such excitement to his commentary.
"He has always been a great favourite with the Wimbledon crowds
since he was a youngster, and I'm sure he'll be a great hit with
tennis fans watching BBC coverage at home. He's also good friends
with John McEnroe and Pat Cash who commentate for us, so I'm sure
he'll have some fun along the way."
Becker was born on 22 November 1967 in Leimen, Germany and became
the youngest man to win Wimbledon at 17 years 7 months when he defeated
Kevin Curren in 1985. He made his final Wimbledon appearance in
1997, losing to Pete Sampras in the quarter-finals.
has won 49 career ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) singles
titles, along with a total of six Grand Slam titles, including three
Wimbledon titles (1985, 1986, 1989), two Australian Open titles
(1991, 1996) and one US Open title (1989). Boris won the Olympic
doubles title with Michael Stich in Barcelona in 1992, one of 13
career doubles titles, and became World Number One for the first
time after his first Australian Open victory in 1991.