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Becker’s set to return to work as an Analyst

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Boris Becker, recently released from prison in England and deported to his native Germany, is back in the business of making big bucks after landing a commentary role.

With the Australian Open looming, the first tennis grand slam of the year starts on 16 January, the six-time major winner is ready to return behind the microphone.

The TV channel Eurosport have snapped up the former world no.1 to give his insight from their Munich studio.

He is set to reprise his job as a commentator and pundit, as well as be given his own show. Matchball Becker will be broadcast twice-daily, to feature the 55-year-old sharing his highlights from each day of play during the fortnight’s feast of tennis.

Becker had previously worked for Eurosport on their broadcasts of other slams. The channel explained that he will also “contribute views and analysis to an international audience at key moments through live coverage of the tournament”.

He was released from prison in mid-December, having only served eight months of a two-and-a-half year prison sentence for charges over hiding assets relating to his bankruptcy.

The legendary tennis star was deported back to Germany on 15 December, as part of a fast-track scheme that allows foreign criminals to be released and sent back to their home country.

Becker, who twice won the Australian Open in the nineties, will be able to cast his eye on the outside contenders for the Australian Open 2023 title.

These include controversial Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, popular Aussie Nick Kyrgios, Danish teenager Holger Rune, Norway’s Casper Ruud, Italian Yannik Sinner, American Frances Tiafoe and the dynamic Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Any one of these could be the next champion, but those who fancy a flutter on an outsider might want to check out the latest odds before making use of top bonus bets that are popular among Aussies.

Yet there’s no bigger name in men’s tennis than 35-year-old Novak Djokovic, who holds a record nine Australian Open titles and is a +1.00 shot to capture the crown with sportsbooks.

Becker started coaching the Serbian star in 2013, and over a three-year spell instilled many of the traits that helped him become the only man to ever hold all four majors at once.

Djokovic failed to show his silky skills at Melbourne Park last year as he was deported because of his failure to be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, he has been given the green light to compete this season after the Australian government recently lifted his three-year ban on entering the country.

Being virtually unbeatable Down Under, he no longer has to worry about Roger Federer as a rival because the Swiss maestro retired last term.

Russian ex-world no.1 Daniil Medvedev, who seemed destined to lift the 2022 Australian Open crown until Rafael Nadal bounced back with three sets on the bounce to triumph, will be determined to make it a third successive final at Melbourne but not squander his chances. He is priced at +6.00 to triumph.

Carlos Alcaraz has come on leaps and bounds. He was world no.32 at last year’s Australian Open, but fell in the third round. Twelve months on and he’s a real force to be reckoned with.

The Spanish 19-year-old brims with relentless energy, is full of finesse and possesses a power game that suits fast courts that helped him lift the US Open in style. He is a +2.10 shot to be the outright winner.

Defending champion Nadal, who added a 14th French Open crown to the Australian Open last season to reach 22 majors, is +7.00 to successfully defend his title Down Under. He has an amazing rivalry with Djokovic.

Although age is finally catching up with the 37-year-old, and his 2022 campaign petering out due to a combination of becoming a father and injury, with fresh legs after the break the Spaniard could reel off another slam for Becker to analyse.

Djokovic has always spoken highly about Becker and enthused last year: “He’s a friend, a longtime friend, a coach for three years. Someone I consider close in my life, and he has contributed a lot to my success in my career.”

Becker will no doubt be willing on his former prodigy and should find it reasonably simplistic when he analyses the Serbian superstar on Eurosport.

 

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