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How Becker became Wimbledon’s youngest ever champion...

Around the world in 80 pages is a newspaper-based treasure hunt that tells you a story and takes you back to meet people, places plus anything else that you would have encountered in the last five issues of the Young World (5 x 16 pages = 80!). The objective of the game is to move from the first stop to the last, solving all the clues that appear on the way.

Are you following the ongoing Wimbledon? Twenty two years ago, it was on this day in 1985 that Boris Becker burst onto the scene, becoming the youngest ever to win the Wimbledon. All of 17, Becker was in fact younger than that year’s winner of the boys’ singles event. Intrigued? Serve and volley through these clues as you find out more about this story.

1

Following a third round retirement in 1984, Becker entered Wimbledon in 1985, fresh from his victory at Queen’s Club.

Hank Pfister, his first round opponent, said that Becker “played out of his mind that day”.

Matt Anger, Becker’s next opponent, compared his play to a “tidal wave”.

Throwing himself around, diving to connect with his volleys, Becker played like no one had done before.

2

His passage, however, wasn’t easy all the way.

After a five set victory against Joakim Nystrom, Becker found himself down by two sets to one against Tim Mayotte.

And having turned his ankle, Becker himself thought he was finished.

Unlike ___ (A) from the fictional planet of Krypton, Becker was neither a superhero, nor did he possess superhuman strength.

But his manager Ion Tiriac made him continue and Becker did find a way to win.

3

A quarterfinal win against his friend Henri Leconte, a semi-final victory over Anders Jarryd, and Becker found himself a match away from immortality.

“___ (B) and the ___ (C)” is a book that was first published 20 years ago.

The first in a seven-part series about ___ (B), the first book revolves around ___ (C) – a legendary substance that produces the Elixir of Life, which will make the drinker immortal.

4

Becker’s opponent in the final was Kevin Curren, who had had his own astonishing run – defeating Stefan Edberg, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors.

But it was Becker who emerged triumphant, becoming the youngest and first ever unseeded player to lift the trophy in the grass courts of Wimbledon.

5

Becker went on to win six grand slam titles through his career and was also ranked world number one in 1991.

Not only did he achieve success as a player, but he was also influential as a coach.

For it was under his guidance that Novak Djokovic won an astonishing six of his 12 grand slam titles.

Another sportsman who has excelled as a player and coach is ___ (D).

A World Cup winner in 1998, ___ (D) has gained a tremendous reputation as Real Madrid’s coach.

Twenty two years have passed but Becker still remains the youngest to have ever won at Wimbledon. Will it change in the years to come? Watch closely to unearth those young stars, starting from this year!

As you continue to wonder who might be the next Wimbledon champion, see if you can find (A) to (D). Send your answers to ganesh.a.s@thehindu.co.in with your details. [subject: 80 pages]

Answers to Coronation of the Queen (June 2, 2017): A - Sindbad; B - States; C - Mahabalipuram; D - Shore Temple; E - Phad.

R.Ananya Gomathi of class 9, Sri Jayendra Swamigal Silver Jubilee Matric Hr. Sec. School, Maharajanagar, Tirunelveli and Harini Tapasya.G.S of class 6, Kikani Vidhya Mandir, R.S.Puram, Coimbatore were among those who got it correct. Congratulations!

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