Boris Becker, 1999

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - ROYAL TRIBUTE -

When it comes to ten­nis scan­dals, Boris Becker’s brush with in­famy has to be the most ridicu­lous.

It was June 1999, and hav­ing just crashed out of Wim­ble­don, los­ing to Pat Rafter, the Ger­man ath­lete de­cided a night on the town was just the ticket – de­spite the fact his seven months preg­nant wife Bar­bara Fel­tus was in hospi­tal suf­fer­ing from Brax­ton Hicks con­trac­tions.

He went to celebrity hotspot Nobu, where he spot­ted An­gela Er­makova, a Rus­sian model. One thing led to another and the pair ended up hav­ing sex on the stairs of the restau­rant in be­tween the bath­rooms – not in a broom cup­board, as what was widely re­ported. An­gela be­came preg­nant fol­low­ing their sor­did romp and gave birth to a daugh­ter, Anna.

His five min­utes of adul­tery cost the ath­lete his marriage, his rep­u­ta­tion and al­most

$40m in di­vorce set­tle­ments and child sup­port.

“I felt very guilty, very ashamed,” he said in 2009. “It was my last day of ten­nis, now I’ve cheated on my wife. I live and learn. It cost my marriage, it cost for the next cou­ple of years my pri­vate life but hav­ing Anna is not a mis­take any more.”

Boris had sex with Rus­sian model An­gela (left), who be­came preg­nant to the star.

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