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Boris Becker on his love of Wimbledon and baby plans with wife Lilly: HELLO! interview

June 29, 2015
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With tennis season in full swing and Wimbledon kicking off, HELLO! has spoken to sporting legend Boris Becker about his love of the tournament – and the London area he unsurprisingly calls home.

Wimbledon was the scene of his famous victory 30 years ago, when Boris was just 17 and he won the men's singles title, so it comes as no surprise that the tennis star decided to settle down in the leafy neighbourhood.

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Boris Becker's wife Lilly revealed: "We want more babies. We've done pretty good with the first one and he needs siblings now"

"I very much feel Wimbledon is home," Boris told HELLO! magazine, in a joint interview with his wife Lilly. "It was always my emotional home, my sporting heritage. It was here I played my best and won my most important matches."

Having spent more time in London than his German home town of Leimen, and adopting the English way of life, Boris could be mistaken for a Brit.

"Our weekends couldn't be more British," said Boris, referring to his wife and their five-year-old son Amadeus. "We put on our warm clothes, we take the dog for a walk on the common and then we go for a pub lunch.

"People look at me and give me a nice nod and I like that. They don't make a big deal of it. They show me respect and maybe they are a little proud I have chosen this part of the world to live."


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As for his wife Lilly, who was based in Miami when she met her future husband, the glamorous model has made a life for herself in the English capital and formed new friendships with other mothers. Naturally, her priority was her son.

"I wanted Amadeus to grow up in a place where he could make lifelong friends and where there is a great sense of community," she said. "When I look out from my window, I see young families, horses and dogs, so it couldn't be better for us."

And do the couple have plans for a second baby? "Amadeus is five and settled in school," said Lilly. "We want more babies. We've done pretty good with the first one and he needs siblings now."

The family don't want to move from Wimbledon, and Boris, who coaches current World No.1 Novak Djokovic, added: "The plan is that we have arrived. We've been living here for three or four years and we hope to become British citizens."

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