‘This is just awful’ – John McEnroe sends worried message to jailed tennis legend Boris Becker

John McEnroe and Boris Becker are two of the biggest names in tennis history. Two of the most prominent players of their time, McEnroe and Becker shared the court for 7 years. Although they were arch-rivals on the court, they shared a strong bond of friendship off the court. A bond that continues to this day.

At the 2022 Wimbledon Champions, as one of their hosts, McEnroe recently delivered a heart-wrenching message for Boris Becker, who is currently serving his term in prison. McEnroe expressed his concern, calling Becker being incarcerated something “terrible.”


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John McEnroe comes to support Boris Becker

In 2017, Boris Becker was declared bankrupt after failing to repay a £3m loan on his property in Mallorca, Spain. Five years later, in April this year, Becker was convicted of concealing assets or loans worth £2.5 million. Under the Insolvency Act, the former tennis star was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison at Southwark Crown Court. The former world number one is currently serving her term in Huntercombe Prison.

The part of the tennis world that understood the technicality of the case criticized Becker for the act. However, another section was released in support of the German star. McEnroe, one of the members of the support section, recently remembered his longtime friend while speaking to his Wimbledon co-presenter, Sue Barker. “Boris, we love you.” We miss you man,” he he said.

McEnroe in Boris Becker’s prison


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McEnroe’s word comes in addition to his comments from last week. After arriving at Wimbledon, the three-time champion expressed his desire to meet Becker in prison. “Boris is my friend. This is just awful. I want to see him if possible and if he is willing to see people.” he said.

Asked about his thoughts on Becker’s incarceration, McEnroe recalled Becker’s tennis days. He also recalled the ups and downs Becker faced over the past few years.

Commenting, McEnroe said: “I feel terrible. He’s one of the best players to ever play the game and I know it meant a lot to Boris. He’s been through a lot for a long time.”


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Last year, Becker held the microphone as one of the presenters of the BBC’s Wimbledon with John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King and others. However, this year, while others continue to introduce the championship to the world, Becker is serving his sentence in prison.

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