In an interview to BBC the six-time Major winner Boris” becker> commented on the effect of being popular. The German, who won his maiden Grand Slam title in 1987 Wimbledon at the age of 17 years, believes that a lot of expectations can influence you.
“Once you’re famous, you’re famous” said Becker. “But it’s a real high price. You’re sitting having a coffee with someone and you’re headline news the next day. Just to compare it with the craziness we are witnessing now with Coco Gauff and she only reached the fourth round.”
“I was still very young and felt intimidated by the scale of it, carrying a whole country”, admitted Becker speaking of Germany’s expectations on him. “What happens if I fail? Have I disappointed all of you? And so expectations got out of hand a little bit.
If I lost in the final it was like somebody died and people would criticise you on a personal level. You are walking down the street and big newspapers followed you every step of the way. But in those days we had no internet and no social media, I couldn’t imagine what it would be like.
It’s so easy to post something on social media without any truth in it and yet you have to prove otherwise. That’s not right. You always get a seat in a restaurant. You can bend the rules a bit if you’re famous.” Becker will be back on the road in the US Open later this month.