Boris Becker: Six-time Grand Slam singles champion on jail, fame and the longer term

Boris Becker: Six-time Grand Slam singles champion on prison, fame and the future

Tennis great Boris Becker says he is building his life’s “third chapter” following his release from prison.

He was released in December and was subsequently deported from the UK.

“I’m usually good in the fifth set – I’ve won the first two sets, I’ve lost the next two and I’m planning to win that,” he told 5 Live Breakfast.

In a lengthy interview, former world number one Becker said:

  • There was “no handbook” for dealing with fame and fortune after winning Wimbledon as a teenager
  • Prison was “brutal” and a “very different experience to what you see in the movies”
  • He’s a “stronger, better man” after eight months in prison

The full interview will be played on Saturday’s 5 Live Breakfast show.

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