Swinging Into A Sponsorship: PartyPoker Sign Tennis Champion Boris Becker

Posted on December 12, 2016 - Last Updated on March 1, 2019

[toc]PartyPoker have signed Boris Becker, former tennis world number one and six-time majors champion, as their latest brand ambassador.

Becker is a well-known poker fan who was previously sponsored by PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker site.

Becker, 49, said in a press release that he was “equally competitive at the poker table as [I was] on the tennis court.”

“I’m really excited to be partnering with PartyPoker and taking on players around the world,” said Becker, who is regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, having won the Wimbledon Men’s’ Singles title at the age of just 17 – a record feat.

His tennis career includes six major singles Grand Slam titles and an Olympic Gold in 1992. From 2013 to 2016, he coached top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic.

“I learned to play poker a long time ago; it’s a game of skill and perseverance, so I’m hoping to use my experience on the tennis court to my advantage,” he continued.

Beat the Ace at PartyPoker

In commemoration of Becker’s signing, PartyPoker is running a series of tennis-themed $5,000 freerolls.

The overall winner of these freerolls will be taking on Becker live and face-to-face in Germany for a prize of $25,000.

Said PartyPoker’s Tom Waters:

“It’s great to have Boris on board, as he is one of Germany’s, and indeed the world’s most notable sportsmen. Boris’ mental strength and desire to win will make him a tough competitor at the poker table, and I’m sure he’ll test our players.”

PartyPoker’s swathe of 2016 signings

Becker is just the latest in a long list of signings from PartyPoker this year, as the site has been recruiting brand ambassadors from all over the poker world.

Becker joins EPT and WPT champion Roberto Romanello, UK money list leader Sam Trickett, online tournament crusher Patrick Leonard and many more who have joined the likes of WPT announcer Mike Sexton and Tony “Bond18” Dunst.

Becker and poker

Outside of his tennis career, Becker is an accomplished poker player with a long history of playing the game.

He has made deep runs in both the World Poker Tour $25,000 Championship in 2009 and the European Poker Tour Berlin Main Event in 2013.

Just this year, he finished in 13th place in the inaugural £5,000 Devilfish Cup at the PartyPoker WPT UK Festival in Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham.

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