Novak Djokovic reaches out to support Boris Becker’s family after tennis great jailed | Tennis News

Becker was jailed for two and a half years for bankruptcy offenses last month and cannot be released until he has served at least 15 months; Novak Djokovic, whom Becker coached between 2013 and 2016, says he hopes the German stays ‘healthy and strong’

Last update: 27/05/22 21:42

Novak Djokovic says he reached out to Boris Becker’s family to offer support after the German was jailed

Novak Djokovic says he contacted Boris Becker’s family to offer his support after the tennis great was sent to jail for bankruptcy.

Six-time Grand Slam champion Becker – who coached Djokovic between 2013 and 2016 – was sentenced to two and a half years last month and must serve at least 15 months before he can be released.

World number one Djokovic, speaking after his third-round victory over Aljaz Bedene at Roland Garros, said he had contacted Becker’s son Noah to ask if he could help.

“It’s only been less than a month. I just hope he stays healthy and strong,” Djokovic said.

The Serb said shortly after Becker’s conviction that he was ‘heartbroken’ for the German.

Djokovic celebrates with Becker after beating Andy Murray in the 2016 Australian Open final

Djokovic celebrates with Becker after beating Andy Murray in the 2016 Australian Open final

“He’s a friend, a longtime friend, someone I consider close in my life and who has contributed a lot to my success in my career,” Djokovic said of Becker earlier this month.

“I’m not going to go into the details of the verdict, because I’m not in a position to do so, but, as his friend, I’m super sad for him.

“I just hope he gets through this period where he has to be in prison and when he gets out he can live his life.

“I don’t know if we’ll use the word ‘normal’ because life is definitely changing for anyone who goes to prison, especially for so long.

“I don’t know how things are going to turn out for him. I’m just praying for him. I hope everything will be fine with his health, his sanity, because that’s going to be the hardest part.”

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