Boris Becker coach of Novak Djokovic has claimed that Roger Federer and Novak don’t particularly like each other. Becker has also claimed that Roger Federer makes money out of his ‘image’. Becker revealed these details in his autobiography.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have been involved in some fierce battles over the years, but there weren’t any signs that there was any animosity between the pair. Becker’s claims have now raised some serious questions.
Becker claimed in his autobiography, “People occasionally put it to me that tennis is more boring now than when I played, and when I ask them why they say there are fewer characters. I reply that we have great characters, but it’s true they don’t show it as much because they can’t. They get fined and there are microphones on the court that pick up every curse or utterance in frustration. As a result, it’s very difficult to verbalise your frustration nowadays because everyone hears it and you go back to the locker room to face a fine of $10,000 or $20,000 or even more. The reason Roger is one of the highest-paid athletes of all time is because he’s liked by everybody. But think about this – you can’t possibly be liked by everybody. He makes good money out of his image, but would he make less if we saw a bit more of his true feelings?”
Becker’s revelations raise the questions that whether the goody-goody behaviour shown by the tennis players are nothing but a facade.