Novak Djokovic ‘heartbroken’ for Boris Becker following conviction
Novak Djokovic has reacted with sadness to the conviction of Boris Becker for bankruptcy fraud and his subsequent receipt of two-and-a-half-year prison sentence.
The six-time singles Slam champion, 54, was sentenced in Southwark Crown Court last week after being found guilty on four charges under the Insolvency Act.
Now, as world number one Djokovic prepares for the Madrid Open, he has publicly responded to the news.
He told reporters in the Spanish capital: “[I’m] just heartbroken for [Becker].
“He’s a friend, a long-time friend, a coach for three, four years, someone I consider close in my life and has contributed a lot to my success in my career.
“I’m not going to get into details of the verdict, because I’m not in a position to do that.
“But, as his friend, I’m super sad for him.”
Becker coached Djokovic from 2013 to 2016 and oversaw the Serb’s first Roland Garros title in 2016 to complete the Career Grand Slam.
In that time, Djokovic also won two Australian Open titles, two Wimbledon titles, a US Open title, 14 Masters 1000 trophies and two ATP Finals titles.
While giving his thoughts on how Becker will fair during his time in prison, Djokovic had this to say: “I don’t know how things will turn out for him, I just pray for him.
“I hope things will be well in terms of his health, his mental health, because that’s going to be the most challenging part.”
Djokovic will be hoping to overcome his own struggles in the Madrid as he looks to claim his first title of 2022 and a fourth at the clay Masters 1000 event.
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