Did Becker hit a ballboy with his serve?

mxmx

Hall of Fame
As I remember it, he once knocked out a ballboy with his serve. Anyone else remember this?
 

tennistiger

Semi-Pro
He hit the german (!) ballboy Nico Burmeister with a backhand at Hopman Cup 92 in the match against Leconte, do you mean this?
 

mxmx

Hall of Fame
He hit the german (!) ballboy Nico Burmeister with a backhand at Hopman Cup 92 in the match against Leconte, do you mean this?
No. I remember seeing footage of him hitting a ball kid against the head when serving. The kid dropped to the floor. Not sure if I'm thinking of someone else...could not find this online. Perhaps it was taken off?
 

encylopedia

Professional
I just confirmed, you're right, it was a linesman
From accounts I pieced together years ago, the linesman was hit in the groin from a junior Edberg serve. He fell over, and hit his head on the court. He was taken to the hospital and was in a coma. He then had a heart attack.
 

WestboroChe

Hall of Fame
From accounts I pieced together years ago, the linesman was hit in the groin from a junior Edberg serve. He fell over, and hit his head on the court. He was taken to the hospital and was in a coma. He then had a heart attack.
I’ve seen a video. It’s not clear where exactly it hits him. Groin torso that area. It wasn’t the serve but the fall that did it.
 

mxmx

Hall of Fame
i think edberg killed a ballboy or linesman with his serve
I know about this. But it wasn't that serve...
I recall the serve being out wide (I think ad side) hitting the ballboy against the head and he/she dropped to the floor. I don't recall the serve seeming faster than other big serves.
 

bigserving

Hall of Fame
As I recall, he hit a line umpire in the groin. The ump went down and was uncomfortable. He later died from an undiagnosed heart condition.
 
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