Disgraced tennis legend Boris Becker was not far from Wimbledon’s thoughts on the opening day of the 2022 tournament.
Becker was jailed for two and a half years for hiding millions of pounds in assets after being declared bankrupt.
It was a dramatic fall from grace for the three-time Wimbledon champion, who won it aged 17 in 1985.
Becker is serving his sentence at HMP Huntercombe and, according to reports, he will be allowed to watch the Championships from his cell.
If he was watching, he would have seen messages of support from BBC hosts Sue Barker and John McEnroe.
McEnroe said: “Boris, we love you. We miss you man.
Barker replied, “We do, indeed. Well said.”
Becker has been a mainstay of BBC live TV coverage for many years and it’s perhaps unsurprising that his absence has been noted, although the comments have been condemned.
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It comes after McEnroe said he would visit Becker in jail during the tournament.
“Boris is a friend of mine. It’s just awful. I want to see him if possible and if he’s willing to see people,” he said.
“I just feel terrible. He’s one of the great players to ever play this game, and I know that meant a lot to Boris. He’s been through a lot for a long time. »
There were more moments of respect for Becker with his girlfriend, Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro, and his son Noah sitting in Novak Djokovic’s box during his first-round victory.
The six-time Grand Slam winner has a close bond with Djokovic, coaching him between 2013 and 2016 where he won six Grand Slam titles.
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