French Open: Boris Becker wants Alcaraz to lose Sunday’s final to Zverev

French Open: Boris Becker wants Alcaraz to lose Sunday’s final to Zverev

Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic’s ex-coach Boris Becker wants to see Carlos Alcaraz lose the French Open men’s singles final to fourth-seed Alexander Zverev on Sunday.

Becker was Djokovic’s coach from 2013 to 2016 as the Serbian legend clinched six Grand Slam trophies and 14 ATP Masters 1000 titles under the German legend.

The duo have continued their close relationship after ending their coaching arrangement with Djokovic supporting Becker’s family when he was in prison.

Becker was left devastated when Djokovic pulled out of this year’s Roland-Garros mid-tournament after suffering a meniscus tear in his right knee.

The 56-year-old is now hoping to see one of Djokovic’s main Grand Slam rivals, Alcaraz, lose the French Open final on Sunday.


Alcaraz beat Djokovic in the Wimbledon final last year and both men will continue to be two of the biggest favourites heading into the next few major tournaments.

Speaking ahead of the 2024 French Open men’s singles final between Alcaraz and German star Zverev, Becker told Eurosport: ‘It’s a historic day for Germany because we’ve never had a champion here.

 ‘He’s in the final and I think he’s got a shot. I’ve spoken to him. He’s been to the final before and I think he learned a lesson.

‘He should’ve beaten Dominic Thiem [in the US Open final] four years ago. He’s a more mature guy now, a more mature player.

 ‘He had a hard, difficult draw to come through. [The first round against Rafael Nadal] was a final for him.

 ‘He had to raise his level from the first round. He could’ve gone out to Tallon Griekspoor in the third round but this is Grand Slam tennis.

 You’ve got to die once or twice to lift the trophy. I think he’s got a good shot.’

Alcaraz is hoping to clinch his third Grand Slam singles title after winning Wimbledon in 2023 and the US Open in 2022.