Former Wimbledon champion looks unrecognisable with greying hair as he builds tennis dynasty

A FORMER Wimbledon champion looks unrecognisable as he starts to show his age.

He retired from the sport in 2003, having won 17 career titles.

GettyA former Wimbledon champion looks unrecognisable[/caption]

GettyHe won the title in 1996[/caption]

Times Newspapers LtdBut now looks very different to when he was still playing[/caption]

His biggest success was winning Wimbledon in 1996 after beating MaliVai Washington in the final.

It was the same game that saw waitress Melissa Johnson steal the show as she streaked onto Centre Court while the two tennis stars were warming up.

He also has a son, Alec Deckers, who is a professional tennis player who has made his own name in the sport.

And his distant cousin Austin Krajicek is currently ranked world number 3 in doubles.

Now 51, he runs a foundation that motivates young people to develop a healthy lifestyle from disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

He is also the director of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, since 2004.

Two years after retiring, he published his own book on tennis called Fast Balls.

The retired tennis star is, of course… Richard Krajicek.

And his son is Alec Deckers, 23, who is currently ranked 599 in the ATP Singles Ranking.

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When he won his Wimbledon title, he did not have the grey hair that now sits on top of his head which now leaves him unrecognisable.

Since its founding in 1997, the Krajicek Foundation has 129 Playgrounds spread over 40 municipalities where more than 5,800 children play sports and games.

Speaking about the foundation, he said: “In 1997, we started as a foundation that built sports fields for children and young people.

“Soon it became much more than that.”

INSTAGRAM – @alec_deckersKrajicek and his son Alec Deckers[/caption]

News Group Newspapers LtdRichard Krajicek also won 16 other titles in his career[/caption]

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