Becker: 'Situation between Alexander Zverev and Ivan Lendl is not good'


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Becker: 'Situation between Alexander Zverev and Ivan Lendl is not good'

Boris Becker met the press on Thursday in Hamburg following Alexander Zverev's second round win over Federico Delbonis. The six-time Major winner obviously spoke about the world No. 5 who recently criticzed his coach Ivan Lendl, a eight-time Grand Slam winner, for lack of effort.

"This situation is not good at all", said Becker. "You have to do it in the right way or stop. If you have a high level coach like Ivan Lendl, then you have to bring him with yourself, otherwise he cannot help you", Becker added referring to Lendl missing the entire clay-court season.

"Something got broken following Sascha's win at the ATP Finals." Asked if he sees himself coaching Zverev, Becker, who is the head of men's German tennis and coached Novak Djokovic from 2013 to 2016, replied: "I cannot imagine to travel all around the world as a tennis coach for 30 weeks a year."

Becker has not been having a quiet life, as he overtook a speed limit on March 24 in Putney last year and on July 1 the same year. He got a six-month driving ban. His lawyer Rhys Rosser said: “In respect of disqualification he accepts that both offences fall in the lower end of the medium category which puts his points over 12 and leads to a six month disqualification.

He has held a driver's licence since 1996. In cases of offenders whose income is not known the appropriate starting point is £750”.