Boris Becker, 1999
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.