World number one Novak Djokovic said on Sunday he was “heartbroken” after his former coach Boris Becker was sent to prison earlier this week in a UK bankruptcy case.
The 54-year-old German was jailed for two years and six months by a London court on Friday for hiding hundreds of thousands of pounds of assets after he filed for bankruptcy.
“Just heartbroken, I mean, for him. He is a friend, a long-time friend, a coach for three or four years, someone who I consider close in my life and has contributed a lot to my success in my career,” Djokovic said. to journalists. at the Madrid Open.
The two worked together between 2014 and 2016, with Becker guiding Djokovic to six of his 20 Grand Slam titles.
“I just hope that he gets through this period… and when he gets out he can live his life like, I don’t know if we’re going to use the word ‘normal,’ because life is definitely changing, I say, for anybody who goes to jail,” he added. the Serbian
“I’m just praying for him. I hope things are okay in terms of his health, his mental health, because that’s going to be the most challenging part.”
Djokovic, a three-time winner of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Madrid, is seeking his first title of the season after losing to Andrey Rublev in the Serbian Open final last week.