Boris Becker and Novak Djokovic (Photo: EPA)
16:00, February 19th•Berlin•Forsa writing
(ANSA) – BERLIN, Feb 19 – Former German tennis player Boris Becker has thanked Serbian Novak Djokovic for the support he sent him during his imprisonment in Britain, calling the world number one “probably the best player ever”.
“Djokovic has become one of the family. We had a professional relationship for many years and ended it in 2016,” said Becker, the former Serbian coach.
“But we always stuck together especially during my detention. He supported me and my family,” added the German, six-time Grand Slam champion.
Becker, 56, a former world number one, paid tribute to Djokovic during a screening of a documentary at the Berlin Film Festival about his exploits as a player and the difficulties he faced after the end of his career.
Becker, Djokovic’s coach between 2013 and 2016, was sentenced at the end of April by English courts to two and a half years in prison for tax fraud.
The former German tennis player was released on December 15 after eight months in prison and expelled from the UK.
Djokovic, who won six Grand Slam titles under the German’s tutelage, took part in Alex Gibney’s documentary “Boom! Boom! The World vs. Boris Becker” for Apple TV+.
The Serb tells in the documentary that he learned the “mental strength” needed to play under the pressure of Becker, who dubbed him “Boom, Boom” for the power of his serve. (forget).
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