The rise to tennis glory of Boris Becker is to become a television film.
The three times Wimbledon champion has sold the rights to his life story to German producers Pantaleon Entertainment, who described the project as a “big-budget international tentpole TV event”.
The film, which does not yet appear to have found a broadcaster, will follow Becker from childhood in Leimen, West Germany where he learned the game at the Blau-Weiss Tennisklub which his father, an architect, had built.
Young Becker started playing competitively when he was 8 years old and went on to win his first Wimbledon final in 1985 – the first unseeded player to triumph in the tournament.
Aged just 17, he was also the youngest person ever to lift the men’s singles trophy – a record that still stands.
He retired from professional tennis in 1999 and now coaches world number one and the current Wimbledon number top seed Novak Djokovic.
“There’s a right time for everything in life,” said Becker. “Now, on the 30th anniversary of my first big win, it seems the time has come to tell the story in a movie.”
Pantaleon Entertainmen chief executive Dan Maag added: “Boris Becker wrote sports history with his amazing victory. It’s a tale of courage, determination and the unstoppable will to keep going in the face of adversity.
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