Boris Becker cost Müller-Wohlfahrt the World Cup final
Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt looks after numerous sports stars. In his book, the orthopaedist describes how Boris Becker in particular needed his help.
Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt is probably the most sought-after sports physician in the world. International athletes such as sprint star Usain Bolt come and go in and out of the 75-year-old’s Munich practice, but when a professional has problems, “Mull” also travels to his patient once in a while. Just like Boris Becker, who apparently needed numerous treatments in his active time.
Germany’s tennis legend called Müller-Wohlfahrt very often, which is why Mull also took a private plane to Nice and drove by car to Monaco to treat Becker. Just to go straight back to the airport, fly to Imola and spice up the sick Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger.
“In the end Gerhard finished third – and by this time I had long been in the stands in Monte Carlo to cheer for Boris,” quotes the picture from Müller-Wohlfahrt’s biography “Seeing with my hands: My life and my medicine”.
Even on his vacation, the orthopedist was there for his patients. We arrived happy on Antigua, thought we were safe – until Boris Becker called.
Müller-Wohlfahrt then flew to New York to treat Becker at the US Open. Uli Hoeneß had found out where we were, the devil knows how he had succeeded,” the 75-year-old, who was then as now a team doctor at FC Bayern, puzzles.
“A key player had injured himself, just before a key game against 1. FC Köln – Christoph Daum was the Cologne coach at that time, the waves were always roaring high – and without having to drive him to Cologne was unthinkable. So ended our Caribbean vacation together after four days.”
Müller-Wohlfahrt, on the other hand, is reluctant to remember the year 1990. He had been invited to the World Cup final in Rome, but also had to look after Becker in the Wimbledon final against Stefan Edberg. So they agreed to take a private plane to Italy to watch the football match together. But Becker lost the final surprisingly and “disappeared from the scene”.
Mull therefore had to watch the German national team’s triumph over Argentina on TV in the hotel:”Actually, I would have been annoyed with Boris for days, if not for life. I was angry too, but the anger with me basically fades away quickly. However, it was to be 24 years before the loophole of Rome was eliminated and I was allowed to witness the World Championship triumph of a German national team in Rio de Janeiro”.
His anger about Becker vanished over time. The dispute with Bavaria’s former coach Pep Guardiola remained even longer in his memory, as the Bavarian doctor describes in another chapter.