The World vs. Boris Becker is a new two-part documentary that Apple TV+ is releasing. It is directed by an Oscar-winning director, Ales Gibney, and produced by an Oscar-winning producer, John Battsek.
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Boris Becker is known as “Boom Boom” because of his fast, accurate serve and volleying technique. He was born in West Germany and became one of his generation’s world’s best tennis players. Now Apple TV+ is releasing a documentary about his life and career. It will cover everything from his legendary victories to recent controversies.
Becker became a tennis sensation after winning The Wimbledon Championship when he was only 17. He won 49 career titles, including six Grand Slams and an Olympic gold medal. He retired in 1999 and got involved in various business ventures. He even worked as a TV commentator from 2013 to 2016 and coached Novak Djokovic, who won six grand slam titles during their time together. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003.
An autobiography about him called Boris Becker: The Player was released in 2004. There are details about his professional and personal life, including his high-profile divorce from model, Barbara Feltus, and his alcohol and drug addiction.
The filmmakers had special access to Boris Becker for over three years until late April 2022.
He had been experiencing legal problems since 2002 when he was convicted of tax evasion in Germany. He got a two-year suspended sentence and had to pay a fine. At one point, he was worth 68 million dollars until he declared bankrupt in June 2017. He went bankrupt by spending money on women and business ventures in retirement, which led him to do illegal things to hide the money he had or was making under the table. He was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for hiding $2.5 million in assets and loans.
However, he got released after serving eight months in prison in December of 2022 and was deported back to his home country of Germany after being released from the British jail. He had lived in the UK since 2012, but can no longer live there. It was revealed that other inmates threatened to kill him during his time in jail, which could have been the cause for his early release. He returned to work at the Eurosport for the 2023 Australian Open but was not featured at this year’s Championships.
This two-part documentary shows personal interviews with Becker and an exclusive conversation with him the week of his sentencing. Other people you can expect to see on screen are immediate family and tennis stars, including John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Novak Djokovic, Mats Wilander, and Michael Stich. Everyone will be giving insight into Boris’ career and personal life. You will get glimpses of his high-profile and sometimes wild personal life that one could only have imagined up until this point.
This is a behind the scenes like no other documentary of a celebrity sports star you have seen. It took three years, if not more, to film this documentary. If you enjoy documentaries and the sport of tennis, you will want to see this on Apple TV+, which releases on April 7th.