Wimbledon – that means a state of emergency in London! The best tennis players in the world serve at the most prestigious tournament of the year. Boris Becker knows what it feels like to win on sacred grass. In 1985 and 1986 he became a legend with his Wimbledon victories. But in April Boris Becker was sentenced to two years in prison. In recent years he has accompanied the tournaments as an expert. This time, however, the two-time Wimbledon winner is missing. Now former tennis greats addressed the imprisoned star: “Boris, we love you. We miss you man,” said none other than John McEnroe during live coverage for BBC.
McEnroe, seven-time Grand Slam winner, replaced Becker as an expert. Sue Barker, also a commentator and long-time player, also joined the touching message: “We certainly do, you say so.” Becker commented on the tournament together with Barker last year. But after the tournament it should be over for them.
But this message was not well received by all viewers and tennis fans. According to The Guardian, some viewers got angry and said they were sending greetings to a “convicted criminal”. Others, in turn, expressed their solidarity with Becker and would miss the German tennis icon in reporting. McEnroe himself did not comment on the critical voices. A few days ago he stressed that Becker’s detention is “horrific”. The 1983 and 1984 Wimbledon winner clarified: “Boris is a friend of mine. I feel terrible. He’s one of the best players this game has ever had. And I know how much it meant to him.” McEnroe announced that he would visit Becker in prison.