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Boris Becker to be ‘deported back to Germany in time for Christmas after fast-track plan’s approval

Few spot stars have lived up to Boris Becker’s tennis careers, and none as young as the German ace.

Born in Leimen, West Germany, in 1967, Becker, the son of an architect father and a Czech immigrant mother, was introduced to the world of tennis at a very young age.

His father founded a tennis center in the city, where Becker honed his skills early on.

At the age of 10, in 1977, he was a member of the junior team of the Baden Tennis Association.

He went on to win the South German championship and the first German junior tennis tournament.

After obtaining training funds from the German Tennis Federation, he turned professional aged 16 in 1984, winning the Tennis World Young Masters at the NEC in Birmingham in 1985, before claiming victory in Queens in June.

In July 1985, aged 17, he entered Wimbledon as an unseeded player and swept the tournament, beating Kevin Curren by four sets in the final.

Two weeks later, in July, aged 17, he entered Wimbledon as an unseeded player and swept the tournament, beating Kevin Curren by four sets in the final.

At just 17 years and 228 days old, he became the youngest men’s singles champion in SW19, and immediately became a household name.

The following year he defended his title, beating then world number one Ivan Lendl to secure back-to-back Wimbledon titles.

He appeared in 77 finals and won 49 singles titles during his 16 years as a professional tennis player.

But in 1993, facing criticism for his marriage to his wife Barbara and tax problems with the German government, Becker slipped into a severe mid-career decline.

In 1997, Becker lost to Sampras in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. After that match, he swore that he would never play Wimbledon again.

However, he returned once more to the prestigious west London tennis club, in 1999, this time losing in the fourth round to Patrick Rafter.

Off the court, his personal problems continued. He had to pay £2.4m after fathering a daughter, named Anna, with a Russian model while he was married to his wife Barbara.

That incident took place after he crashed from Wimbledon to Rafter in 1999 and decided to retire from the sport, aged 31.

Becker, in his 2003 autobiography Stay A Moment Longer, revealed how he ‘cried his eyes out’ and felt the need to go out for a few beers with friends.

However, his then-wife Barbara, seven months pregnant with their second child, wanted him to stay at her hotel with her.

But in 1993, facing criticism over his marriage to his wife Barbara and tax problems with the German government, Becker slipped into serious decline mid-career.

But in 1993, facing criticism over his marriage to his wife Barbara and tax problems with the German government, Becker slipped into serious decline mid-career.

“She couldn’t and didn’t want to understand that suddenly she wasn’t the first in my priorities,” Becker said.

“I told her, ‘Just one more time with the guys, Barbara, just one more time to say our goodbyes and then it’s just going to be you.’ This is not functional. We rowed for two whole hours. She suddenly felt pain and decided to enter the hospital.;

Becker said he told his wife to call him if the baby really was on the way, and then he went into town.

At 11pm he was at Nobu’s bar in Mayfair and saw Russian model Angela Ermakowa. The couple had sex on the stairs of the London outpost.

The following February, his secretary delivered a fax to him at his office in Munich. She would say: ‘Dear Herr Becker, We met at Nobu in London. The result of that meeting is now eight months old.

He later separated from his first wife, Barbara Feltus, a divorce estimated to have cost him more than £15 million, as well as his home in Miami.

Becker found new purpose after tennis soon after, joining the BBC for its annual coverage of Wimbledon, to great acclaim.

But his personal problems continued. He was briefly engaged to Alessandra Meyer-Wölden in 2008, before announcing that he and Dutch model Sharlely ‘Lilly’ Kerssenberg would marry in 2009.

After nine years of marriage and a son, Becker’s fourth, the couple separated in 2018.

A year earlier, Becker had filed for bankruptcy in June 2017 over an unpaid loan of more than £3m on his property in Mallorca, Spain.

His former business partner, Hans-Dieter Cleven, also claimed that the former tennis ace owed him more than £30m, although the case was thrown out by a Swiss court.

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