When German tennis great Boris Becker brought his family to enjoy a day out at the Red Bull Air Race in Ascot, UK on Sunday, he made a beeline for the hangar of his countryman Matthias Dolderer.
Tennis icon Boris Becker has a lot of experience in top-level competition, but the Olympic gold medalist from Germany experienced an entirely new sport on Sunday when he brought his family for a day out at the UK’s Ascot Racecourse for round 5 of the Red Bull Air Race.
Becker got a close-up look at raceplane technology as he stopped by the hangars to wish good luck to his countryman Matthias Dolderer, who is fighting off a fierce charge from his opponents as the leader of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship standings.
Becker himself shot to stardom by winning a championship on the grass of another famed UK sporting venue – Wimbledon – at the age of 17, but Ascot was something new, and as Becker and his family watched the racing from the elegant Sky Lounge, he was clearly enjoying it.
“I’ve never been to Ascot – it’s quite unique and a very, very historic venue for horseracing,” Becker noted. “It’s quite interesting to be here for another sport!”