Former three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker says that his children face racism on a weekly basis, in an interview with Bild am Sonntag. The 52-year-old Becker, who is a former World No. 1 and six-time Grand Slam champion, says, “My older three children experience a racist incident at least once a week, so I am in constant communication with them about this topic.
The youngest son Amadeus is ten years old and is still a bit young and not traveling alone like his older siblings. My four children are all mixed races.”
Boris Becker on racism
Becker’s sons Elias and Noah are 20 and 26 years old, and his daughter Anna is 20 years old.
Becker was criticized last week for taking part in a demonstration against racism in London – and says he received a lot of negative comments on social media, especially from Germany. “I was most insulted from Germany.
I got nothing but hate and malice through social media. So anyone who has reservations about the black population attacks me personally. Honestly: I can do without such fans. Educate yourself, inform yourself. The more you know, the better you get.
We don’t live on the trees anymore. We have long since developed from ape to human and should treat our peers with the same respect. Too much has happened, too many people were only killed for their skin color. You can’t stay out of this.
It is high time to put an end to everyday racism. Those who do not understand this have not understood anything.” Boris Becker became a global phenomenon when he won the first of his six major singles titles at age 17.
His Grand Slam singles titles included three Wimbledons, two Australian Opens and one US Open. He also won five year-end championships, 13 Masters Series titles and an Olympic gold medal in doubles. Since his playing career ended, he has engaged in numerous ventures, including coaching Novak Djokovic for three years, and working in the field of poker.
He is also a commentator for tennis on television. Several tennis players have taken a vocal stand against racism in the past few weeks after recent protests and demonstrations in the United States. These include Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Frances Tiafoe, Venus Williams and Coco Gauff.