Novak Djokovic is “heartbroken” about ex-coach Boris Becker’s prison sentence


World number one Novak Djokovic said on Sunday he was “heartbroken” after his former coach Boris Becker was jailed in bankruptcy proceedings in the UK earlier this week.

The 54-year-old German was sentenced to two years and six months in prison by a London court on Friday for hiding hundreds of thousands of pounds in assets after he was declared bankrupt.

“Just heartbroken, I mean, for him. He’s a friend, a longtime friend, a coach for three, four years, someone I consider close in my life and who has contributed a lot to my success in my career,” Djokovic told reporters at the Madrid Open.

The pair worked together between 2014 and 2016, with Becker leading Djokovic to six of his 20 Grand Slam titles.

“I just hope he gets through that time… and when he comes out he can live his life like this, I don’t know if we’re going to use the word ‘normal’ because life is definitely changing, I mean, for everyone who goes to jail,” added the Serb.

“I only pray for him. I hope things get good in terms of his health and mental health because that’s going to be the hardest part.”

Djokovic, a three-time winner of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Madrid, is looking for his first title of the season after losing to Andrey Rublev in last week’s Serbia Open final. Novak Djokovic is “heartbroken” about ex-coach Boris Becker’s prison sentence

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