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Novak Djokovic is 'praying' for former coach Boris Becker after prison sentence

Novak Djokovic disappointed

Novak Djokovic has spoken of his 'heartbreak' at the news his former coach Boris Becker has received a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

Becker, a six-time Grand Slam champion, was jailed for hiding £2.5million worth of assets and loans to avoid paying his debts after he filed for bankruptcy in 2017.

Following his retirement from tennis in 1999, Becker remained high profile through his work as a tennis TV pundit and coached Novak Djokovic for three years from 2013 - 2016.

Speaking ahead of his Madrid Open challenge, Djokovic opened up about the verdict and his sadness for his friend.

"Just heartbroken for him. He’s a friend, a long-time friend, a coach for three, four years, someone I consider close in my life and has contributed a lot to my success in my career," said Djokovic.

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Over the three seasons Djokovic and Becker worked together, the world number one won six Grand Slam titles and 14 Masters 1000 titles.

"I’m not going to get into details of the verdict, because I’m not in a position to do that, but, as his friend, I’m super sad for him. It’s not much that you can say.

"I just hope he will go through this period that he has to be in jail and that when he comes out he’s able to live his life – I don’t know if we’ll use the word ‘normal’ because life is definitely changing for anybody going to prison, especially for that long of a time," continued Djokovic.

"So I don’t know how things will turn out for him. I just pray for him. I hope things will be well in terms of his health, his mental health, because that’s going to be the most challenging part."

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