Country: West Germany/Germany
Born: Nov. 22, 1967
Bottom line: Six-time Grand Slam singles champion Boris Becker described his most famous shot, "The Becker Dive," with one word: instinct.
In order to properly employ the shot, that makes sense, because at no point would a tennis player want to make themselves so vulnerable — because, of course, you’re laying face-first on the ground.
But that’s how great of an athlete Becker was. He knew the exact moments to stretch out every inch of his 6-foot-3 frame, a feat in itself, while also having the lightning-fast reflexes to gauge which shots required it.