Tennis Champ Boris Becker Engaged

08/11/2008 at 01:00 PM EDT

Tennis Champ Boris Becker Engaged
Boris Becker and Alessandra Meyer-Wölden
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German tennis legend Boris Becker is getting married, his spokeswoman tells PEOPLE.

"I'm happy to confirm to you that Alessandra Meyer-Wölden and Boris Becker were engaged yesterday with a small circle of family members," Irene Kessler said in a statement Monday.

The news was first announced by the Web site of Germany's mass-circulation daily According to the paper, Becker, 40, asked his 24-year-old girlfriend – known as Sandy – to marry him while vacationing on the Italian island of Sardinia.

Although paparazzi have only recently snapped pictures of the two, this is hardly a story of love at first sight. The couple has known each other since she was a child. Her father, Axel Meyer- Wölden, was Becker's most trusted advisor and manager in the 1990s. He died in 1997 at age 56.

Becker has two sons with his ex-wife Barbara and a daughter from a previous relationship.

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