Becker welcomed into Tennis Hall
Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday.
At 6-foot-3, Becker's game featured a big serve, heavy groundstrokes and penetrating volleys.
The German star captured six Grand Slam tournaments in all, including two Australian Opens (1991, 1996) and the 1989 U.S. Open.
In 1985, Becker became the first unseeded player and youngest male to ever win a major event when he claimed his first Wimbledon championship at 17 years, 7 months. His record was later broken by Michael Chang (17 years, 3 months) at the 1989 French Open.
The now-35-year-old Becker went on to capture two more Wimbledon crowns (1986, 1989) and was the runner-up on four other occasions. He was a year-end top-10 performer 11 times from 1985-96, finished with 49 singles titles and led Germany to a pair of Davis Cup championships (1988, 1989). Becker was a stellar 38-3 lifetime in his Davis Cup singles matches.
"Boom Boom" piled up more than $25 million in prize money on the lucrative circuit.
Becker was joined in the Hall by Francoise "Frankie" Durr, Nancy Richey and Brian Tobin.
Durr, of France, holds 12 titles in Grand Slam events, including 11 in doubles, and was ranked as high as No. 3 in the world in 1967. She recorded 26 singles titles, including the 1967 French Open.
The American Richey collected six Grand Slam titles (4 doubles, 2 singles), including the 1967 Australian Open and 1968 French Open singles crowns.
Tobin has devoted over 45 years of his life to the game of tennis. He has been a member of Tennis Australia since 1965, serving as president from 1977-89, overseeing the building and opening (1988) of the current stadium for the Australian Open.
He was also involved with the International Tennis Federation for over 20 years, serving as its president from 1991-99.
Becker joined the Hall in the Recent Player category, while Durr and Richey entered in the Master Player category and Tobin was elected as a Contributor.