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is best known for his amazing tennis accomplishments, but in 2007 he joined
Team PokerStars and will be
looking to make a name for himself on the poker tables as well. The tennis champion will represent the poker card room in
online tournaments and live events including the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT). The
EPT stops include cities such as London,
Barcelona, Dortmund, San Remo, Copenhagen, and Monte Carlo. The EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) marketing director
for PokerStars said "Boris Becker is a world-class sportsman who became famous for his competitive spirit and aggressive,
entertaining playing style, so we're delighted that he has become an ambassador for PokerStars."
Considering both games require players to stay focused throughout the competition and be able to make good decisions under
pressure, the transition should go okay for the tennis pro. Becker stated "When I was still playing professional tennis,
I started learning to play poker casually in-between games because it helped me to improve my concentration. Now I want to
develop my poker skills and challenge myself to become really competitive at the highest levels in poker."
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Boris Franz Becker was born in Leiman, Germany (a town in north-west Baden-Württemberg) on November 22, 1967. In 1985, he
took the world by surprise when he won Wimbledon. At that time he was the youngest male to ever win a major at 17 years and
7 months (in 1989, Michael Chang won the French Open at 17 years and 3 months). At Wimbledon, he reached the finals seven
times in ten years and won back to back titles in 85 and 86. Becker won a total of 6 Grand Slam singles titles including 3
Wimbledon Championships in 1985, 86 and 89, 2 Australian Opens in 1991 and 96 and the US Open in 1989. When he won the
Australian Open in 1991, he also claimed the World No. 1 ranking (although he never finished a year ranked as the World's
No. 1 player). In all, he won a total of 49 singles titles and 15 doubles titles. He helped Germany win their first Davis
Cup in 1988 and again in 1989. He also won an Olympic Gold medal in Barcelona, Spain in 1992.
In 2003, he was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.
While searching for information on Becker, I found two quotes that applied to playing poker. He said, "I love the winning, I
can take the losing, but most of all I love to play." As part of Team PokerStars, I am sure he will have plenty opportunity
to play and enjoy. My favorite quote is "The suit-and-tie job is very nice, but it's not really who I am in my heart."
Sounds like a true poker player.
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