'Nothing Compared To Prison': Becker 'Laughs' Off Tennis Players Complaints

'Nothing Compared To Prison': Becker 'Laughs' Off Tennis Players Complaints

by Sebastian Dahlman

Boris Becker never thought he'd spend time in prison many years ago, but it happened and shifted his perspective forever.

Becker was once a highly respected individual, and while his reputation took a hit with the sentencing and prison time, the former German ATP player is still grateful for the experience.

It was a challenging experience for him, one which he spoke about often since coming out, but it also shifted his perspective. It allowed him to self-reflect, and here he is, rebuilding his reputation as a tennis person first and foremost.

He's coaching Holger Rune as of recently, and he's doing a pretty fine job. Rune credits him for pulling him out of a major slump, which helped him find himself in Turin. He talked about his experience in a recent interview with L'Equipe.

You are nobody in prison. You are just a number. Mine was A2923EV. I wasn't called Boris. I was a number. And they don't give a fu*** who you are. I think I rediscovered the person I used to be. I learned a hard lesson. A very expensive one. A very painful one. But the whole thing has something important and good for me learned. And some things happen for a good reason.

It's all about perspective in life, and Becker had a really sobering one happen to him in prison. It's why he has a pretty cool mindset about pressure right now, which might have rubbed off on Holger Rune, who seemed in his head a lot in recent weeks.

When I hear players complaining about the pressure they feel at one point, I laugh. When I hear players complain about the quality of the lounge food, I laugh. When I hear players complaining about training and the conditions on the pitches, I laugh. It means nothing compared to spending time in prison. On the first and last night you don't sleep for a second.


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