Boris Becker: ‘Tennis is a different sport when you become the hunted’

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“The thing with advice is that, in hindsight, you’re always smarter,” says Boris Becker on a blue-eyed Paris morning as he contemplates what words of wisdom he would give his 17-year-old self, given all that has happened since. He pauses. Mulls it over. And ultimately decides: not a lot, actually.

“If I had asked anybody in 1985, ‘Can I win Wimbledon?’ the advice would have been no,” he says. “And I think 99% of people would have said it’s impossible to defend it when I was 18. But I did it. So good advice is a double-edged sword.”

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Written by Sean Ingle
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