Boris Becker gave an interview to CNN in which he talked about the months he spent in prison. The former tennis star admitted that living there – “dangerous” and “terrifying” – is a real punishment. “The only currency you have is your character and personality,” he said.
Boris Becker in 2022 was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for financial embezzlement. Six-time winner of tennis competitions included in the so-called a grand slam behind bars was to spend at least 15 months, however He was released from Huntercombe Prison in Oxfordshire after just eight months and deported to German. In an interview given shortly afterwards to Sat.1 TV, he told, among others: about the threats he received while serving his sentence. – You’re nobody in prison. You’re just a number. I was A2923EV, he said.
Now a retired German tennis player told about his life behind bars in the program Christiane Amanpour on CNN. – It’s a great feeling (to be free – ed.). You don’t appreciate freedom until you’re out of prison. It’s a different lifestyle, a different world. I’ve been free for over three months and I’m glad to be alive and talking to you.
Boris Becker recalls his time in prison
He described life in prison as “very dangerous”. “I had watched a few movies beforehand to prepare myself a bit, but I didn’t expect it to be this much. It’s very scary. This is real punishment. I know that’s what prison is for, but it’s a real punishment that takes away your freedom, your livelihood. (…) The only currency you have is your character and personality – he assessed, emphasizing that “it is better to make friends with strong boys” to ensure your safety.
He added that in prison he had “enough time to reflect”, but “self-pity” never lasted long. “The next day you have to get up and literally survive,” Becker said, calling life in prison a “struggle for survival.” In an interview with CNN, he admitted that he also had less strenuous moments behind bars, such as when he remembered winning the Wimbledon semi-final in 1995.
Sports career of Boris Becker
Becker, now 55, is a six-time grand slam winner and Olympic gold medalist. Throughout his career, he won 49 tennis tournaments. He was 17 when he became the youngest Wimbledon singles winner in 1985. He became famous for his dynamic game, thanks to which he earned the nickname “Boom Boom”.
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