Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2011.
- Began playing at age seven
- Nicknamed Benni
- Father, Jorg, works in a tax office; mother, Ulrike, works at a retail store; one younger sister, Kathrin
- No relation to former No. 1 and six-time Grand Slam title winner Boris Becker
- Played four years from 2001-05 at Baylor University in Texas and earned All-America honors last three years
- Captured NCAA singles title (d. Michael Kogan of Tulane) and helped Baylor to its first team title in 2004 (d. UCLA)
- Majored in Finance and International Business and is one semester short of earning his degree.
Favorite surface is hard courts and considers his serve and forehand as most important parts of his game
- A big soccer and basketball fan and favorite soccer team is 1. FC Koln and follows NBA Dallas Mavericks because of countryman Dirk Nowitzki
- Idolized Becker and Andre Agassi growing up
- Voted Sportsman of the Year in November, 2006, in his home province Saarland in Germany by 38 percent of the viewers of German local television channel SR
- Named 2006 ATP Newcomer of Year
- Coached by Jan Stoces.
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