Former tennis star Boris Becker drops immunity claim
LONDON (AP) — Retired German tennis star Boris Becker has dropped his claim to have diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in Britain.
The three-time Wimbledon champion had been claiming that his unpaid role as a sports attache for Central African Republic gave him immunity from bankruptcy rulings.
His lawyers argued in June that his work on sporting, cultural and humanitarian affairs meant he was covered by a 1961 convention on diplomatic relations. That assertion was abandoned Monday.
Michael Stich, Helena Sukova inducted into tennis hall
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — When Michael Stich was a teenager, he had to choose a sport — soccer or tennis.
It seems he made right choice now that he has a home in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
The 49-year-old German and Helena Sukova were inducted on Saturday during a ceremony on Newport's grass court, the only members of the class of 2018.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic's foreign minister says a reported diplomatic passport for Boris Becker appears to be a fake and the prosecutor general will investigate.
The retired German tennis star claims that his role as Central African Republic's attache to the European Union on sporting, cultural and humanitarian affairs gives him diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in Britain.
BERLIN (AP) — Central African Republic's foreign minister reportedly says that retired German tennis star Boris Becker doesn't have diplomatic status in his unpaid role as a sports attache for the country.
Becker claims that his role gives him diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in Britain. He argues that, as CAR's attache to the European Union on sporting, cultural and humanitarian affairs, he's covered by a 1961 convention on diplomatic relations.
Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity in UK bankruptcy
LONDON (AP) — Retired German tennis star Boris Becker is claiming his unpaid role as a sports attache for Central African Republic gives him diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in Britain.
The three-time Wimbledon champion took up the attache role in April. His lawyers claimed in Britain's High Court late Thursday that this protects him from ongoing bankruptcy actions.
Tennis star Boris Becker and wife break up
BERLIN (AP) — Former German tennis star Boris Becker and his wife Lilly have separated.
The German news agency dpa reported Tuesday that a Berlin lawyer for the two confirmed the breakup of three-time Wimbledon winner Becker, 50, and his Dutch model wife, who is 41 years old.
Lawyer Christian-Oliver Moser told dpa "the decision after a 13-year-long relationship and nine years of marriage wasn't an easy one."
German nationalist lawmaker gets warning over racist tweet
BERLIN (AP) — A nationalist party has given one of its lawmakers a warning over a racist tweet on his account directed against former tennis star Boris Becker's son.
The dpa news agency reported that Alternative for Germany's leadership decided unanimously Monday to give Jens Maier a formal warning and called on him to exercise more care in choosing and supervising his staff. However, he does not risk expulsion.
Boris Becker calls for fight against racism amid tweet spat
BERLIN (AP) — Former tennis star Boris Becker says it's time to stand up against racism amid a controversy over a slur directed at his son from the Twitter account of a German nationalist lawmaker.
In an article for Sunday's Welt am Sonntag newspaper, Becker questioned the assertion of Alternative for Germany lawmaker Jens Maier that the tweet about Noah Becker was posted by a member of his staff. He called for "consequences."
Federer and Bencic lead Switzerland to Hopman Cup title
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic won the deciding Fast4 mixed doubles 4-3 (3), 4-2 Saturday over Germany to give Switzerland its third Hopman Cup title.
Federer rebounded from a close first-set loss to dominate the rest of the match in a 6-7 (4), 6-0, 6-2 win over Germany's Alexander Zrevev.
Germany's Angelique Kerber beat Bencic 6-4, 6-1 to send the championship to the mixed doubles decider. It was Kerber's fourth straight singles win at the Hopman Cup this year.
German lawmaker apologizes after racist slur on Twitter
BERLIN (AP) — A lawmaker for the nationalist Alternative for Germany party is apologizing to the son of former tennis star Boris Becker following a racist outburst on Twitter.
Jens Maier claims the tweet that was directed at Noah Becker was posted by a member of his staff, who has since been disciplined.
A lawyer for Becker said Thursday the 23-year-old had filed a criminal complaint against Maier.
Germany one win away from Hopman Cup final vs Switzerland
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Two-time Grand Slam singles champion Angelique Kerber beat Australia's Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2 to put Germany one win away from a Hopman Cup final against Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.
Alexander Zverev played Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis in men's singles later Friday. A win by Zverev would clinch a spot in the final Saturday at Perth Arena against the Swiss pair.
Boris Becker’s son presses charges after racist German slur
BERLIN (AP) — The son of former tennis star Boris Becker has pressed charges against a German nationalist lawmaker who insulted him with a racist slur, his lawyer said Thursday.
Lawyer Christian-Oliver Moser told The Associated Press that charges were filed on behalf of Noah Becker following "unbearable and racist remarks" from the Twitter account of nationalist lawmaker Jens Maier.
Scarlett Johansson spotted kissing Colin Jost at glitzy party
Scarlett Johansson was spotted kissing Colin Jost in the rain during a Diana Ross concert over the weekend.
The 32-year-old actress has been dating the American actor on and off over the last few months, but Scarlett was seemingly happy for the world to see their burgeoning romance on Saturday (09.02.17) as she danced at a Hamptons party.
An eyewitness observed that the celebrity duo "kissed outside and didn't care that it was raining".
Novak Djokovic’s wife gives birth to their second child
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Reports in Serbia say Novak Djokovic's wife Jelena has given birth to a baby girl, their second child.
The Blic daily said Sunday the pair has named the baby Tara. The 30-year-old Serb is also father to a three-year-old boy, Stefan.
Djokovic's former coach Boris Becker congratulated the couple on Twitter, saying "Wonderful news from Jelena /Novak!!!"
Boris Becker to head men’s tennis for German federation
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Boris Becker has been hired for the new position of head of men's tennis by the German tennis federation.
The six-time Grand Slam champion will advise all top male players from the country and help its Davis Cup team.
The federation announced Becker's appointment Wednesday, as well as Barbara Rittner's move from Fed Cup captain to head of women's tennis.
Former Australian tennis pro Peter Doohan dead at 56
SYDNEY (AP) — Former Australian tennis professional Peter Doohan, who played at the University of Arkansas and whose most famous victory was over Boris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987, has died
Tennis Australia said in a statement Saturday that Doohan died at age 56.
Doohan was diagnosed nine weeks ago with a particularly aggressive form of what is known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Former Australian tennis pro Peter Doohan dead at 56
SYDNEY (AP) — Former tennis professional Peter Doohan, whose best-known victory was over Boris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987, has died aged 56, Tennis Australia said in a statement on Saturday.
Doohan was diagnosed nine weeks ago with a particularly aggressive form of motor neurone disease.
Boris Becker declared bankrupt by British court
LONDON (AP) — Boris Becker was declared bankrupt by a British court on Wednesday after the former tennis player failed to pay a long-standing debt.
A lawyer for the six-time Grand Slam champion pleaded with a Bankruptcy Court registrar in London for a last chance to pay a debt that Becker has owed to private bankers Arbuthnot Latham & Co. since 2015.
Lydia Ko splits with instructor David Leadbetter
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Lydia Ko has split with instructor David Leadbetter after three years.
Leadbetter confirmed Wednesday that he is no longer working with the top-ranked Ko. The 19-old Ko hasn't commented on the decision.
Djokovic, Becker splitting after 3 seasons, 6 major titles
Novak Djokovic and coach Boris Becker are splitting up after three seasons — and a half-dozen Grand Slam titles — as a pair.
Djokovic posted a statement on Facebook on Tuesday, saying the duo "jointly decided to end our cooperation."
What to Watch at US Open: Will Djokovic work up a sweat?
NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe, just maybe, Novak Djokovic will work up a sweat in the U.S. Open's fourth round.
He certainly has not been forced to expend much energy so far.
After playing a total of 31 minutes after the first round, the No. 1 seed and defending champion plays for a berth in the quarterfinals Sunday night in Arthur Ashe Stadium against 84th-ranked Kyle Edmund of Britain.
Djokovic gets a 2nd free pass at US Open when Youzhny quits
NEW YORK (AP) — Thanks to injuries to two opponents, Novak Djokovic did not exactly need to put in much work to reach the U.S. Open's fourth round for the 10th consecutive year.
So it made sense that the defending champion and No. 1 seed would spend extra time practicing in Arthur Ashe Stadium under the watchful eye of coach Boris Becker on Friday after spending a grand total of 31 minutes of match time on court over the second and third rounds.