When a 17-year-old unseeded German – sporting a huge serve that earned him the nickname ‘Boom Boom’, incredible diving volleys and a flamboyant style – pulled off a surprise and won Wimbledon in 1985, the world was officially introduced to Boris Becker.
He was the first German player to lift the coveted trophy at the All England Club and also became the youngest-ever grand slam champion (a record later broken by Michael Chang).
Becker, born on this day in 1967, went on to capture six major singles titles, including two more at Wimbledon, and took doubles Olympic gold in the 1992 Barcelona Games with Michael Stich.
He was inducted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003.
Recently, he’s had great success as a coach, helping Novak Djokovic claim four majors since they teamed up in December 2013.
1974: Joe Nathan, American baseball pitcher. From 2004- 2009, was considered one of the top closers in MLB (41).
1976: Regina Halmich, German pugilist. Europe’s most well known female boxer and one of all-time best (39).
1985: Asamoah Gyan, Ghanaian footballer. Ex-Al Ain striker, now at Shanghai SIPG. Played three Marouane Fellainis (30).
1987: Marouane Fellaini, Belgian international footballer, plays for Manchester United as a midfielder (28).
Exactly a year ago, Lionel Messi added a new chapter to his storied career when he set a new La Liga record of 253 goals, thanks to a hat-trick scored in Barcelona’s 5-1 win over Sevilla in the Spanish league.
The previous mark was held by former Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra since 1955, which marked the end of the Spaniard’s 15-year career with the Basque club.
Zarra scored his 251 goals in 277 appearances while Argentina captain Messi, who was 17 when he netted for the first time in Spain’s top flight against Albacete in May 2005, needed 289 games to reach his record.
1974: Two all-time greats made their Test debuts in the first Test between West Indies and India in Bangalore – Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge.
1986: Facing the Vancouver Canucks, Wayne Gretzky becomes the 13th NHL player to score 500 goals and fastest to reach the mark.
1986: Mike Tyson KOs Trevor Berbick to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history.
2003: England win the Rugby World Cup, beating Australia 20-17 in the final.
Some of the fittest athletes in the Middle East turned out to compete in the annual Reebok CrossFit LifeSpark in Dubai on Saturday.
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