Today in Sports History: January 18

In 1991, the longest tennis match at the Australian Open occurred between German tennis player Boris Becker and Italian tennis player Omar Camporese. Becker beat Camporese in 5 hours and 11 minutes on outdoor hard courts at Flinders Park in Melbourne Park in Victoria, Australia. 

Becker was the youngest-ever winner of the men’s singles title at Wimbledon at 17-years-old and was the former No. 1 world professional tennis player. 

Becker won six major titles such as the Australian singles in 1991 and 1996, Wimbledon singles in 1985, 1986, and 1989, and the US singles in 1989. Becker also competed in the Davis Cup in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1995. 

He went 38-3 in singles and 16-9 in doubles. Overall, Becker’s singles record in the majors is as followed; the Australian Open (29-9), the French Open (26-9), Wimbledon (71-12), and the US Open. (37-10). Throughout Becker’s career, he had won 49 singles and 15 doubles titles. Becker retired from tennis in 1999 and was later inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003. 

After being inducted, Becker continued working in the sport as a TV commentator, and then from 2013 to 2016, he coached Novak Djokovic, who had won six Grand Slam titles during that time.

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