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Boris Becker. Passion for Cuban cigars

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VARIOUS famous celebrities took part in the 15th Habano Cigar Festival, but none of them received as much media attention as the former German tennis ace, Boris Becker, who, during the course of his hugely successful sports career, won a range of prestigious tournaments, including six Grand Slams: three Wimbledons (1985, 1986, 1989), one in the United States (1989) and two in Australia (1991, 1996).

On his first visit to Cuba, he jokingly told the press that it was his passion for Cuban cigars, which his father introduced him to in 1999, which made him end his successful sporting career in order to be able to smoke them.

He shared another secret. “My favorite habano is obviously the Cohíba, but I also like the Partagás, Romeo y Julieta, and Montecristi brands. I’ll have to try out all 27 brands,” said the 45-year old, laughingly explaining that he very much enjoyed a new cigar called the Cohíba Behíke, the most exclusive in the portfolio of the Cuban-Spanish-British Corporation Habanos S.A.

Before acknowledging the “hospitality and generosity” of the Cuban people, he remarked that cigars and cigarettes “can’t be put in the same bag. Cigarette smoking is a habit, cigar smoking is an occasion. It is something that relaxes you and allows you to think in spite of all the activity in our lives.”

Becker was in Havana with his Dutch-born wife, Sharlely. He commented that he had visited the Cohiba cigar factory, tried to dance salsa in Havana’s China Town, and met the 92-year old prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso at the headquarters of the National Ballet of Cuba, a meeting during which, “We saw a rehearsal of the wonderful Giselle piece which she made famous, and talked about how dancers and athletes have a lot in common.

Source: Granma internacional

Posted: Mónica Rodríguez Acosta

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