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The Player

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  106 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Boris Becker shot to fame in 1985 when, at seventeen years old, he became the youngest player ever to win the men's final at Wimbledon. He went on to win two more Wimbledon titles, and a total of forty-nine singles and fifteen doubles crowns, making him one of the greatest players of the twentieth century. But his life off the court has always attracted as much attention a ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Bantam (first published 2003)
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Loaned to me by a friend, I have just started reading this book. Although Boris is a bad boy I quite like him so will see if I still have this opinion at the end of the book. I tend to find that autobiographies by tennis players (I've read those of Andre Agassi and John McEnroe) tend to be apologia but they do give some idea of the character and stresses behind the image we see at matches. I'll continue 'play' and report back !

So .... reporting back. The word that sums up this book is "disappoin
Maybe i'm not the target audience but I have no intrerest in his tax problems. I wished he had written more about tennis ...
Ramnik Chhabra
Melodram in a autobiography should be like salt in dal. Just a pinch. Here the roles are reversed!
Lee Anne
Ich möchte Ihre kleinen deutschen Kinder haben. That's (approximately; since I remember what she taught me as being slightly different) "I want to have your little German children," as I had my German-taking high school friend translate for me (thanks, Sheryl!). The reason: Boris Becker. My teenage love for him didn't really hold up; looking back, my favorite and hottest tennis players were John McEnroe and Mats Wilander, respectively. But for a while there, Boris was the living end for me.

J'ai regardé joué Becker à la télévision que dans ces dernières années et je peux pas dire qu'il était un de mes préférés. C'est vraiment un bizarre de type (si vous voulez avoir une idée, allez voir son twitter). Et c'est une drôle de bio. Plutôt ses opinions sur biens des choses comme la célébrité, la coupe davis, Wimbly, sa vie personnelle, son divorce, son procès etc. Quelques opinions sur les adversaires... rien de très surprenant à part son jugement sur Kiefer. C'est raide! Et moi-même je ...more
Though this book had its moments, like the chapter on doping and some of the early chapters on winning Wimbledon so young, it was not an overall enjoyable experience. My main problems were that (1) the chapters are not in chronological order (or any discernible order), making the story difficult to follow; (2) Becker uses extensive quotes from newspapers which only sometimes add to the narrative; and (3) very little of this book is actually about his tennis career, focusing instead on his relati ...more
I like Boris Becker, I enjoyed watching him play and having won Wimbledon at just 17 the expectations on him must have been hard. He talks about his tennis, the pressures on the tour ,the backlash he received due to his first wife's skin colour, the love for his sons and his guilt over the failure of that marriage.
He also talks about that meeting in a club that resulted in him becoming a dad again unexpectedly and the problems that caused for him and his family.
A good bio
Bonnie Samuel
I really enjoyed this book. Frank and eloquent, the book lets us see Becker as a person instead of endlessly summarizing previous matches as so many sports autobiographies tend to do. One of the more introspective tennis players, he would make my top 5 wishlist of living people I would like to have dinner with. An interesting personality and an interesting book.
very interesting insights into what makes a tennis player great. I had never before thought about some of the psychology that he brings up.
Kathryn Blandford
Couldn't put it down!
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Typical Becker....
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Das Leben ist kein Spiel Boris Becker's Wimbledon: My life and career at the All England Club Boris Becker's Wimbledon: My Life and Career at the All England club Territorien: Fotografie Boris Becker: Photographs 1984-2009

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