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The Player: The Autobiography [Paperback]

Boris Becker
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1 Jun 2005
The no-holds-barred autobiography of a sporting genius. 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 as his triumphs on it. Now, in this remarkably candid and thought-provoking autobiography, Boris Becker tells the real story behind the headlines. He speaks of the seconds before the serve that made him the youngest Wimbledon winner of all time, and of the minutes after being sentenced as a tax evader. He talks about his marriage, his illegitimate daughter, and his painful divorce. He reveals his emotions at the end of his tennis career, and his battles with pills and alcohol. He also shares his memories of the good times, the championship wins, the make-or-break matches, and the highs and lows of life on the international circuit. Boris Becker has written this autobiography not just for his fans but also for his children, that they may one day read the true account of their father's remarkable, and often controversial, life.


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group); New edition edition (1 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553817167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553817164
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 676,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The no-holds-barred autobiography of a sporting genius --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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 as his triumphs on it.
Now, in this remarkably candid and thought-provoking autobiography, Boris Becker tells the real story behind the headlines. He speaks of the seconds before the serve that made him the youngest Wimbledon winner of all time, and of the minutes after being sentenced as a tax evader. He talks about his marriage, his illegitimate daughter, and his painful divorce. He reveals his emotions at the end of his tennis career, and his battles with pills and alcohol. He also shares his memories of the good times, the championship wins, the make-or-break matches, and the highs and lows of life on the international circuit.
Boris Becker has written this autobiography not just for his fans but also for his children, that they may one day read the true account of their father’s remarkable and often controversial, life.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contradiction 12 Dec 2004
By Sophie
Format:Hardcover
I have to say being a newcomer to reading autobiographies, i didn't have high expectations of 'The Player' Not because i dislike Boris Becker as either a Tennis player or an Author, I just didn't know what to expect.
Honestly i have to say it's one of the most interesting books i've read. To put everything on show, your relationships, your private life and children, your career and everything that matters the most to you is hard to do because regardless of who you are there are going to be things in life that you've done, that you regret or wish hadn't happened the way it did.
People have previously said that the book isn't the easiest to read, that the chapters are broken up and in no particular order. But i think that even though there is a chronological order to things in life, when you're reliving them as you write it doesnt come out like that and i think that this shows when reading.
Admittedly even i have a complaint about the translation..its a little etchy in places but generally it's consistant and of a good quality.
This book has given me a lot more respect for Boris as a person. He's honest and isn't afraid to talk about any of his experiences. I definetly recommend this to people interested in either him or just a good read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 19 Nov 2005
Format:Paperback
This book was sincere and interesting. We learn about the details beyond the tennis, and Boris Becker becomes a normal person - not an idol. He takes us through his life, and shares many of his educated opinions with us. He really is an intelligent guy! And he can be proud of this book.
So why does The Player only get 3 stars? To me, the flaw in this book was that it wasn't at all chronological - we are taken from one event at one stage of his life to something completely different in seconds. This style was confusing and took away meaning from his stories. I felt like I didn't get enough time to absorb what he was expressing. Nevertheless, this book is certainly worth a read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best out of the bunch! 11 Nov 2011
By aK's
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Being a huge tennis fan, I have started to read my way through the greats of our game.

Having read Andre Agassi "Open" I compare all the others, not only in writing style but also in the substance of the book too to this!

Boris's book is slow and somewhat disjointed, I must have lost myself a hundred times when returning to the book once putting it down.

As for the fellow reviews on Amazon about Mr Beckers exploits off the court I must agree, the book does end on a little bit of a silly note (I wont spoil it here) but it left me thinking (Idiot)!

Worth a read if you are a fan as I say but do your self a favour read Andre Agassi (1st) then Pete Sampras (2nd) then this and the others as this really is a let down in a lot or respects!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where is the depth? 8 Jun 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Becker's life should make a fascinating read. His dramatic entrance onto the world tennis stage heralded the rise of the modern power tennis game and the demise of the old gaurd. His long and successful tennis career spanned some of the tennis greats and encompassed some truely memorable moments. Combined with a turbulent personal life (divorce, illegitimate child, criminal charges), there was plenty of material to produce a "thought-provoking" book. I wanted to know how a strong-willed, provincial boy coped with fame, fortune and adversity and how he developed as a man. I was disappointed.
In contrast to John McEnroe's book, there is little sense of the pressures, intensity and loneliness of being at the sport's summit. The writing lacks depth and too much emphasis is placed on media comment rather than on Becker's own thoughts. The coverage of his tennis career is uneven (Stefan Edberg scarcely gets a mention) and there are no illustrative photographs. I did not get a good sense of how events changed and shaped him or how he matured and developed as a player and as a person.
The book is padded out by some dull, uninspiring and predictable anecdotes (courage of Mandela, charisma of Ali etc) and inexplicable digressions into third-rate travel writing (Paris taxi drivers, New York rudeness etc). At times, Becker descends into an ungracious rant against past injustices which becomes tedious.
Ultimately, the book is not thought-provoking and does not provide insights into a rarified world. Either Becker chose not to include it or he lacks the self-awareness or intelligence to learn from experience.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boris Becker 19 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I'm a tennis fan and would describe myself as someone who admires Boris Becker rather than being a fan. This is certainly a book that left me thinking far less of Becker than when I started. Perhaps it was the translation fron German to English, but the man presented himself as the "stereotypical" German male who was arrogant and generally liked to present himself as an alpha male as well as quite blatantly feeling that he was above the law in his own country. He was, and presumably still is, completely obsessed with money and despite the fact that he knew full well that he was breaking the law by residing in Germany in excess of the time allowed as a tax exile, felt that he should have been let off and generally patted on the back as he'd won a number of Grand Slam titles and performed well for his country in the Davis Cup. To top this he attempts to try and portray himself as some kind of model father although he writes that he often doesn't see or speak to his children for weeks on end and was having his famous liaison in the Nobu restaurant at a time when he was aware that his wife may have gone into premature labour with their second child. Well done Boris...what a top bloke you are!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ok read
I was a Hugh Boris Becker fan in my youth hence my interest. It's not the best auto biography ever but interesting none the less. Read more
Published 5 months ago by claire
4.0 out of 5 stars Boris Becker - The Truth
A very interesting and in depth autobiography from one of the all time great tennis players. Boris Becker tells it how it was and I really enjoyed reading his accounts of what... Read more
Published 20 months ago by vicky
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Anyone looking for a blow by blow account of Boris Beckers life will be disappointed. As the front cover says it is "The Player" and not what I would call a normal biography. Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2009 by Ms. Likes quality tv etc
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but messy
Overall, I found the book enjoyable. I love tennis, I dreamt of being a champion and that's probably what it would have been like so it makes interesting reading. Read more
Published on 21 July 2009 by Olivier Choquet
3.0 out of 5 stars worth a read
I found this book interesting as he covers a lot more of his private life and relationships than most books of this type,you do get to find out what the real boris becker is like,... Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2006 by theking
3.0 out of 5 stars On the line!
As a self-confessed tennis aficionado who was hooked by the runaway success of Boris Becker in the eighties, my purchase of 'The Player' was a foregone conclusion. Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2004 by Tom Berlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Boum boum open-hearted
I have bought Boris' book by curiosity, more than as a fan of his (or of tennis for that matter), and I'm glad I did buy it. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2004 by Nanou
1.0 out of 5 stars The Player
This autobiography by Boris Becker was extremely disappointing. There seemed to be no structure to the chapters - you never quite knew where you were. Read more
Published on 17 July 2004 by N. J. Bellinger
4.0 out of 5 stars THE PLAYER
I feel that Boris Becker should be commended on writing a book which depicts the facts and the truth without being over indulgent in detail. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2004 by Elizabeth Stockley
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