Boris Becker sentenced to two and a half years in prison for bankruptcy


Six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Friday for breaking the terms of his 2017 bankruptcy, British AP media reported.

Earlier this month, 54-year-old Becker, formerly No. 1 and three-time Wimbledon champion, he was found guilty of four felonies related to his bankruptcy, including non-disclosure, concealment and removal of significant assets, according to the Bankruptcy Service.

Becker, supported by his partner Lilian de Carvalho, wore a gray suit, a white shirt and a striped tie in the colors of Wimbledon green and purple during the sentencing at Southwark Crown Court in London.

Judge Deborah Taylor, who handed down the sentence, said the former tennis player will serve half of the sentence.

“I take into consideration what has been described as your fall from grace. You have lost your career, your reputation and all your property due to your bankruptcy, ”the judge said, according to PA.

“You showed no remorse, no acceptance of your guilt and tried to distance yourself from your offense and your failure.

“Even though I accept your humiliation as part of the process, there was no humility.”

Becker was declared bankrupt in June 2017, meaning he was legally obligated to disclose all of his assets.

The German made tennis history when he won Wimbledon at age 17 in 1985 and went on to win five more Grand Slam titles over the next 11 years.

He has remained active in the tennis world since retiring from the sport, most notably as a manager of Novak Djokovic and through frequent media appearances as a commentator and expert.

According to PA, Becker’s attorney, Jonathan Laidlaw, told the court that “the proceedings have completely destroyed his career and ruined any further prospects for income.”

“His reputation is in tatters,” Laidlaw added. “He will not be able to find work and will have to rely on the charity of others if he is to survive.”