‘Some Really Bad Advice’- Martina Navratilova’s Words of Sympathy for Jailed Tennis Star Boris Becker as She Criticizes Him for Some Lousy Decisions

Published 08/24/2022, 9:20 AM EDT
SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 16: Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, speaks during the Australian Open Women In Focus Lunch at M on the Bud on October 16, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Hu Chengwei/Getty Images for Tennis Australia)

Martina Navratilova has always been honest with her feelings. If she has found anything to be wrong, she has said it out loud. But that does not mean that she has not had the back of her colleagues and friends. The player talked about the Boris Becker situation and how he got entangled in a messy position.

Not defending anything, Navratilova talked about the importance of being aware of one’s own financial matters.

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Martina Navratilova on Boris Becker’s jailing

Navratilova sympathized with Becker and the charges he had to face. She said, “Boris had some really bad advice and then he made some really bad decisions. My heart goes out to him and his family.” She hoped for the player’s well-being and said, “I just hope that he’ll be okay and then he’ll come out all right on the other side.”

Former tennis player Boris Becker arrives at Southwark Crown Court for his bankruptcy offences trial in London, Britain, April 5, 2022. REUTERS/Tom Nicholson

However, she did not try to neglect the issues with his taxes. Navratilova said, “He was just trying to save his own property, but that doesn’t excuse obviously, shirking tax, etc.”Additionally, she talked about how being a tennis player makes one not very aware of financial issues.

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She threw some light on the fact that the players have to depend on lawyers and accountants, which can prove detrimental too. Navratilova talked about her own unfortunate experience too. She said, “I’ve gotten some really lousy advice over the years, nothing illegal, but lost lots of money because you depend on these people to do their job so you can do yours.

What happened with Boris Becker?

The German Tennis legend won six grand slam titles during his career. The UK court sentenced him to jail for two and a half years. The former player created history by winning his first grand slam title at Wimbledon at the young age of 17 in 1985.

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After retiring, he coached Novak Djokovic for three years from 2013 to 2016. The Serbian too wished for his well-being and stays in contact with Becker’s family to know about their well-being.

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Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. She has pursued her Master's in history from Himachal University, but her love for the game has driven her to write about tennis. Shivali is a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires Osaka not only for her on-court performances, but also for her off-court actions.

Edited By: Paras Pande

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