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Tennis icon Boris Becker has been replaced in a well-liked pundit role after receiving a two-and-a-half-year jail sentence in April. Becker learned his fate at Southwark Crown Court at the top of last month after being convicted of 4 charges regarding his 2017 bankruptcy.

The German was found guilty of offences under the Insolvency Act after convictions including removal of property, two counts of failing to reveal estate and concealing debt. He’ll spend at the very least 15 months in prison and might be released on parole in July 2023 on the earliest.

Becker continues to be contracted to Eurosport until next yr, although the broadcaster is known to be in talks along with his management about terminating his deal. And so they have now named world number three Alexander Zverev’s brother, Mischa Zverev, as their substitute TV expert.

On Wednesday, a press release read: “In Mischa Zverev, we’ve got an authority who will not be only near the motion but who has already worked for Eurosport throughout the Grand Slams and likewise for the complete Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games tennis tournament from the studio of Munich-Unterfohring for Eurosport. He knows each our team and the processes.”

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Zverev arrives in time for Eurosport’s coverage of the French Open, starting at Roland Garros later this month. He’ll lead ‘Matchball’, formerly ‘Matchball Becker’ with commentator Matthias Stach throughout the 2022 season’s second Grand Slam.

“It should be two intensive weeks of tennis with high-level matches,” Zverev explained. “I do not just want to clarify to the spectators the small details that may often make a giant difference, but in addition convey their enthusiasm for tennis.”

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Eurosport will broadcast their coverage of the French Open live from their Unterfohring studio moderately than in Paris. Birgit Nossing and Barbara Rittner can even present ‘First Serve Rittner’ from the studio. Roland Garros will feature the world’s biggest tennis names, including world primary Djokovic.

The Serb will likely be entering his first major of the yr after his vaccination status led to deportation from Melbourne and compelled him to miss the Australian Open. But he’ll arrive in Paris hoping to reclaim the French Open after a formidable 2021 campaign saw him dethrone Rafael Nadal and twentieth Grand Slam crown, and his second success within the tournament.

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