June 25, 2024

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Becker (not Boris) retires after qualies loss

Germany’s Benjamin Becker is 36.

After blowing three match points in a three-set loss to Illya Marchenko in the second round of Wimbledon qualifying Wednesday, he retired.

Just like that. If he hadn’t randomly spoken to a journalist from the Telegraph, we might not even know.

“I already knew I was going to retire. But retiring after this kind of match? … Right now, I’m just really angry,” he said.

Becker won one title and $4.3 million. He might be best known for beating a banged-up Andre Agassi in his final US Open, in 2006.

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