Boris Becker: Andy Murray unemotional and insists tennis icon deserved jail time |  Tennis |  sport

Boris Becker: Andy Murray unemotional and insists tennis icon deserved jail time | Tennis | sport


Andy Murray has insisted Boris Becker deserves no ‘special treatment’ after his co-Wimbledon champion was sent to prison last week. The former BBC commentator was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Friday for a bankruptcy scam.

World number one Novak Djokovic said he was “heartbroken” that his former coach had been sent to prison – and said he would “pray for him” so he could serve his sentence. But speaking ahead of his return to action at the Madrid Masters on Monday, Murray said: “I didn’t really feel particularly emotional about it. He broke the law and if you do that I don’t think that you should get special treatment because of who you are or what you’ve accomplished.

“Again, I’m sorry he’s in this situation, but I’m also sorry for the people he’s also affected by his decisions and what happened to them. I hope he’s okay and that “He learns from his mistakes. But I didn’t ‘I have no particular emotion about it. Djokovic was coached by the German for three seasons from 2014 to 2016 while the Serbian won six Grand Slam tournaments – including his first French Open – and 14 Masters titles.

And the 20-time Grand Slam champion said: “I’m just heartbroken for him. He’s a friend, a longtime friend, a coach for three, four years, someone I consider close in my life and which has contributed a lot to my success in my career.

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“I was just heartbroken. I don’t know what more to say than that. I’m not going to go into the details of the verdict, as I’m in no position to, but as his friend, I I’m super sad for him. It’s not much you can say. I just hope he gets through this time where he has to be in jail and when he gets out he can live his life like, I I don’t know if we’ll use the word “normal,” because life is definitely changing, I mean, for anyone who goes to jail, especially for that long.

“So, I don’t know how things are going to go for him. I just pray for him. I hope everything will be fine for his health, his sanity, because that will be the hardest part. The world No. 81 is playing here for the first time since 2017 after initially deciding to skip the entire clay-court season to prepare for the grass before re-employing Ivan Lendl. Murray will face fellow Grand Slam winner Dominic Thiem in the first round on Monday.

“I intended to play on hard courts,” explained Murray. “There were two challengers in Korea and there would also potentially be a challenger or two in the hard-court USA. The Korean challengers have been cancelled. The tournaments in the United States never took place. So my only option to really compete was an altitude challenger in Mexico, which my team didn’t like me doing so much, I didn’t think would be particularly beneficial.

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“The only way to get high quality training and potentially matches was to play on clay. We decided to do a training block for three or four weeks on clay, see how my body reacted and if that felt good, then trying to play tournaments and matches on clay.

“Obviously doing that allows me to be around the best players. Here I was able to train with (Denis) Shapovalov, (Alex) De Minaur, hit a bit with Evo (Dan Evans). ‘get a game against Thiem tomorrow so I get high quality training which is good. That was the main reason for doing it. For the last two years my team was a little nervous about me playing on clay because when I played after the US Open in 2020 when I played against Nishioka and Felix Auger-Aliassime I was hurting my groin a little bit and playing on clay made it’s a little worse.The same last year when I tried to play on clay, but the reality is that I didn’t get injured playing on clay, I injured myself playing on hard courts, so I don’t think it was necessarily clay that was the issue, so hopefully my body should be okay.



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