“Very Pretty”: Boris Becker Faces Backlash Over Comments During Novak Djokovic vs Marton Fucsovics Wimbledon Clash

Published 07/08/2021, 4:12 AM EDT
The Championships logo is seen on the third day of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship on June 22, 2005 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)


Former tennis player, Boris Becker, has found himself surrounded by controversy yet again. The German international is being condemned for his comments made during a game at the Wimbledon Championship 2021. Boris, who was giving voice to the quarter-final clash between Novak Djokovic and Marton Fucsovics, made rather off-topic comments that many believe were highly inappropriate and not needed whatsoever.

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Alongside co-commentator, John Inverdale, the duo switched from on-court play to speak about Marton’s fiancee, seated in the crowd. When his fiancee appeared on screen, John said, “That’s Fucsovics’ fiancee. Her name is Annette Boszormenyi. If you’re a tennis player, always good to have a partner called Annette.”

Responding to John, Boris said, “They do say they have the most beautiful women in Hungary. I wouldn’t know that, but she’s certainly very pretty.”

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The two were blasted for their conversation on Marton’s fiancee, with Boris facing more of the heat. Facing the backlash, many have demanded an apology, while others termed them and their remarks as ‘sexist’.

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“There is still more to do”- Stephanie Hillborne

The duo’s comments have made front-page headlines. From fans to representatives, everyone has shared how they are strongly against this behavior, more so on national television. “When two men are comfortable talking about women in this way, never mind on live TV, it shows there is still more to do,” said Stephanie Hillborne, chief executive of Women in Sport.

This isn’t the first time the duo has been apprehended for their comments. In 2013, John commented on a Marion Bartoli saying she was “never going to be a looker.’ He passed these comments when Marion just won the Women’s Wimbledon Championship title that year.

Boris, on the other hand, was under fire just recently for his remarks on Naomi Osaka’s decision to take a break from tennis. “You’re 23, you’re healthy, you’re wealthy, your family is good. Where’s the f—king pressure?” said Boris, slamming her withdrawal from the French Open. 

Amidst all the chaos and controversy, BBC has come ahead and defended the former World No. 1. In response to the issue, their spokesperson said, “Boris Becker made a light-hearted comment that was not intended to cause offense.” 

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Focus shifted to Wimbledon

After an emphatic win over Marton Fucsovics, the Serbian tennis icon moves onto the semi-final of the Wimbledon Championship 2021. Even though Djokovic won against the Hungarian in straight sets, Marton gave him a run for his money. The 29-year-old believes he was the fittest man at this year’s Wimbledon and a display of his strength was visible through his shots.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the second set during his quarter final match against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics REUTERS/Toby Melville

As the tournament progresses, Djokovic’s defending campaign is coming down to the ultimate decider. Next, he faces Canada’s golden boy, Denis Shapovalov, for a chance to enter into the final.

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