Just how he regards the reality of his 54 years, no one can be sure. Perhaps a mixture of satisfaction – three Wimbledon titles are testament to that – tinged with regret and guilt.
But in what proportions?
For the rest of us, memories of the precocious teenager Boris Becker, whose thundering serves and volleys saw him become the youngest and first unseeded player to be men’s singles champion, have long since faded.
In their place, one lurid episode dominates – a sexual encounter in the broom cupboard of a Mayfair restaurant with a Russian model that produced a child, a moment cast for ever by Becker as ‘the most expensive five seconds of my life’.
That was the beginning of his troubles, as a string of messy setbacks – from marital failures to financial disaster – has…
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