Boris Becker: “I was quite a famous guy too!”

Boris Becker is a man of many talents: a former world No. 1, a six-time Grand Slam singles champion, an Olympic gold medalist, and the youngest-ever winner of the men’s singles title at Wimbledon at the age of 17. And despite retiring 13 years ago, the former champion still possesses the ability to hold an entertaining and informative press conference.

The German, who has previously won the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam in 1992, visited the tournament on an invitation from Mercedes-Benz (the official car supplier), and spoke about how he spends his time since retiring from the game, his love for tennis and the continuing debate about the calendar and U.S. Open scheduling.

“My interest is still there in tennis, but not every week. I have a career besides tennis but it takes a couple of years. I’m enjoying life; I go to all of the F1 races. I like to be busy. I have a big and wonderful family and they are my time also. In my heart I will always be a tennis player. I was raised on the tennis court and this is always going to be my first love.”

Lisa-Marie Burrows

Twitter: @tennisnewsviews

To continue reading the rest of the article from the press conference, where the former tennis champion discusses the current scheduling difficulties, the importance of having a good team and his respect for Djokovic, Nadal and Federer, please click here.

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including,,, and Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website where you can read her reports. She can be reached at or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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