A London court has sentenced Boris Becker to two years and six months in prison for concealing assets after bankruptcy.

Peter Bubakowski

Boris Becker

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“Former tennis player Boris Becker, a six-time Grand Slam champion, has been sentenced by the court. The penalty is: imprisonment for two years and six months,” German broadcaster RTLTV reported on Friday.

A London court has found the 54-year-old tennis legend Becker guilty of hiding his assets after filing for bankruptcy in 2017. A German citizen in the UK was babbling to avoid paying his debts.

Investigators have brought the former tennis player 24 charges under the bankruptcy law. Four of the charges were proven before the court. The accused was facing a sentence of up to seven years in prison.

Becker’s trial began in March 2022. He hid real estate and the sum of approximately £1.8 million. He was also accused of not handing over his trophies at Wimbledon and the Australian Open. He owed creditors about £50 million. However, he denied from the outset that he violated the British Bankruptcy Law.

Becker in 1985, at the age of 17, became the youngest Wimbledon singles winner. During his career (1984-1999), he won six Grand Slam tournaments (AO 1991 and 1996, Wimbledon 1985, 1986 and 1989, US Open 1989), three ATP Finals competitions and for 12 weeks he was the world singles ranking leader.

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