Tennis legend Boris Becker is set to compete at Battle of Malta in a high roller charity tournament to raise funds for Pink October Malta.
The event will take place at Casino Malta at 6pm on October 26.
Becker, an avid poker player and former world tennis #1, has won singles titles in 14 different countries and in 2003 was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He first turned pro in 1984 and, at the age of 17, was the youngest ever male Grand Slam singles champion.
Off the court, Becker is no slouch at the poker table and has notched up more than $110,000 in live tournament cashes over the last ten years. He has two $15,000 scores, achieved at EPT Berlin in 2013 and in the Devilfish Cup at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham two years ago but his biggest cash remains the $40,855 he won after finishing 40th in the $25,500 WPT Five Star World Poker Classic in 2009.
Now 50, Boris has to fit his poker playing into a busy schedule that includes commentary for the BBC at Wimbledon and head of men’s tennis for the German Tennis Federation. He was Novak Djokovic’s coach for two years, helping the Serbian pro achieve six grand slam titles and 14 Masters 1000 titles in the time they worked together.
Becker visited Malta last week and met up with the Casino Malta and Olympic Casino football teams.
Becker has previously described patience as the most important trait for a poker player to have. He said: “You need a lot of patience to then play aggressively at the right moment. In English, you have this saying: “there is no shame in folding”. And it is really true when it comes to poker, especially in tournaments – one bad call and you’re out. The ability to concentrate, having patience and a good poker face are important. You need to invest a lot of time and practice in order to have all that.”
Pink October Malta, a Marigold Foundation initiative, aims to spread awareness about breast cancer to a wide audience and encourage women to undergo regular check-ups.