Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic said he was “heartbroken” and “very sad” for his former coach Boris Becker who was sentenced to prison.
On Friday, tennis legend Becker was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. Becker, who filed for bankruptcy in 2017, was convicted of hiding assets after filing for bankruptcy.
“I’m heartbroken, I mean, for him. He’s a friend, an old friend, my coach for three or four years, someone who I consider close in my life and who has contributed a lot to my success in my career, so yeah, I was heartbroken,” Djokovic was quoted as saying by Tennis Majors.
“I’m not going to go into the details of the verdict, because I’m not in a position to, but as a friend, you know, I’m super sad for him. There’s not much else to say.” “
Djokovic and Becker were an impressive duo
Djokovic began working with Becker in 2013 and their partnership ended with a bang. During his time with Becker, Djokovic won six Grand Slams and was ranked No. 1 for most of that time.
After the 2016 season, Djokovic and Becker decided to end their partnership. Nothing happened between Djokovic and Becker as they simply thought it was time to move on and end their successful partnership.
Djokovic is now a 20-time Grand Slam champion and Becker helped him become the player he is today. Djokovic and Becker parted ways six years ago, but Djokovic still has nothing but good words when asked about his former coach.
Meanwhile, Djokovic has made some changes to his coaching staff recently. After Dubai, Djokovic announced that he and his coach Marian Vajda had decided to end their partnership.
The Serb will work with former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic. Djokovic recently hinted that he has no plans to add anyone to his coaching staff anytime soon.