Boris Becker convicted: ex-tennis star to jail for two and a half years

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Updated on 29/4/2022 at 17:40

  • Boris Becker has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison. This was announced by Judge Deborah Taylor in London.
  • Three weeks ago, a jury found Becker guilty of four out of 24 charges.
  • The German ex-tennis star can still appeal.

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Germany’s tennis icon Boris Becker was sentenced on Friday afternoon to two and a half years in prison by a court in London. He must earn at least half of this.

The former exceptional athlete had not disclosed assets worth more than one million euros in his insolvency proceedings. A jury found Becker guilty of 4 out of 24 charges three weeks ago. The 54-year-old had denied the allegations. Becker can appeal the verdict, but he had to begin his sentence immediately.

The lay judges at London’s Southwark Crown Court had found that Becker had concealed ownership of a property in his hometown of Leimen, illegally transferred large sums to other accounts and concealed shares in an artificial intelligence company and a loan debt.

Boris Becker was great with the little felt ball, but apparently less with money: The dream career of a prodigy began in London in 1985, who was convicted 37 years later in the same city. His life in hindsight.

Boris Becker with many years of money problems

Prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley said it was proven that Becker had deliberately withheld several belongings and now blamed his advisers who he said had taken care of his finances. The tennis legend’s defender had said his client was naive but innocent. The jury followed this argument in 20 points, also when it came to the issue of missing trophies. But the guilty verdict on four counts is enough to fundamentally change Becker’s life.

Becker, who lives in London, was declared bankrupt in 2017. After that, he had to disclose his assets to the insolvency managers – but according to the court, he omitted important parts.

The triple Wimbledon winner had amassed around $ 25 million in prize money over the course of his career and earned, according to his own estimates, around the same amount on advertising. However, he ran into financial problems. In court, Becker blamed the expensive divorce from ex-wife Barbara and high maintenance costs for daughter Anna Ermakowa.

Becker was accompanied in court by Lilian De Carvalho Monteiro and his son Noah

Becker comments on tennis tournaments for the BBC and is very popular among the British. His partner Lilian De Carvalho Monteiro accompanied him to court every day, most recently his eldest son Noah was also by his side. The two were also there on Friday.

The chairman of the German Tennis Federation (DTB), Dietloff von Arnim, had confirmed his loyalty to Becker before the verdict was handed down. Arnim said on Friday on the sidelines of the clay court tournament in Munich that he had “undeniably celebrated outstanding successes” for German tennis. “We stand there, I would say, loyal to our tennis icon.”

Becker also received encouragement from other celebrities. “Boris did not peel off poor grandmothers,” said entertainer Thomas Gottschalk after the sentencing of the newspaper “Bild”. At worst, “a couple of rich financiers who wanted to adorn themselves with the fame of the tennis idol became a little poorer.” “My sympathy for them is limited,” “Bild” quoted the 71-year-old Gottschalk. (dpa / mf)

Thomas Gottschalk

Following Boris Becker’s guilty verdict in the London criminal case, the 54-year-old is now being assisted by Thomas Gottschalk. “Boris did not peel off poor grandmothers,” says the entertainer from the newspaper “Bild”. And he finds other clear words.

teaser image: © image alliance / dpa / PA Wire / Kirsty O’connor

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