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Thursday 8 December 2016

I'm remembered me for restaurant romp - Becker

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Tennis star Boris Becker has opened up about his famous liaison at Nobu restaurant - saying that he is happy if the brief encounter is one of the things he is best remembered for.

In 1999, after crashing out of Wimbledon, Becker left his pregnant wife at his hotel and had sex with Russian model Angela Ermakova, resulting in the birth of his now 15-year-old daughter, Anna. The liaison ended his first marriage and led to a costly divorce.

Becker (47) who did not admit paternity until after a DNA test proved it, told Radio Times magazine: "We were all stupid and not mature.

"Tennis wasn't always easy, and my Wimbledon experience wasn't always pleasant. My life was so much about me then.

"I've grown up, and I'm happy. My daughter Anna is one of the best things in my life."

Asked how he felt about Japanese restaurant Nobu, as well as tennis and Wimbledon, being the words most connected with his name, he said: "Those three words ... Nothing wrong with them. If that's what I'm remembered for, then I'm proud."

The former Wimbledon tennis champion, who has two children, aged 21 and 15, from his first marriage, and a five-year-old from his second to current wife Lilly, also told how his health had suffered as a result of his intense tennis-playing days.

"I have two new hips. The right ankle isn't perfect. I have a limp. I feel it most of the time - worse if I fly. These are my battle scars," he said.

"Tennis took its toll."

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