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1985: Boris Becker became the youngest man to win WimbledonBecker exploded onto the tennis scene in 1985, when he became the youngest male, at 17, ever to win the Wimbledon singles championship.

His victory was considered a fluke by some because none of the top seeds reached the final that year. Becker won a four-set over unheralded Kevin Curren to take the title. However, Becker proved it was no fluke by winning the championship again in 1986, this time beating Ivan Lendl.

Then he reached the finals four years in a row, between 1988 and 1991, but he only won the title once again, in 1989 when he beat the Swede Stefan Edberg.

Becker also won the US Open in 1989 and the Australian Open in 1991.

Altogether, Becker has had 49 tournament wins and has earned approximately $24 million in prize money.

Also On This Day: 1814: Sir Walter Scott's

historical novel Waverly was published; 1950: The Farnborough Airshow was held. It was the first real airshow; 1967: Using Sir Francis Drake's sword, the Queen knighted Fancis Chichester who had sailed solo around the world in Gypsy Moth IV; 1982: Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace and asked the Queen for a cigarette while sitting at the end of her bed. The incident revealed a serious flaw in security.
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