Two and a half years in prison for Boris Becker (54). While the world is largely stunned despite an expected harsh punishment, the tennis legend has to prepare for life behind bars. However, the verdict is not yet final.
“Of course I will accept any verdict,” Boris Becker stressed in his latest interview in BILD am SONNTAG. A prison sentence without probation seemed unthinkable to him at the time. Only in the last few days has it dawned on him that for now he must give up what he loves most: his freedom.
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Becker and girlfriend Lilian leave their apartment Friday morningPhoto: Stephen Butler
Becker saw his youngest son Amadeus (12) the last few days, and he also met his ex-wife Lilly (45). A meeting with his regular kiosk dealer seemed like a goodbye, and the hug in the courtroom with his girlfriend Lilian (33) during the lunch break on Friday was probably the last in a long time.
This is how Boris feels after the first night in prison
Following the sentencing, Becker was taken directly to a security zone, later taken to Wandsworth Prison. There he had the right to call his family. How is he doing after the first few hours? “He’s okay,” a prison official told BILD am SONNTAG.
The lawyers now have 28 days to appeal the verdict. It is still unclear whether Becker will make use of it. If the verdict is upheld, the court has already announced his release after half the time. So Becker would be free again in July 2023.
According to information from BILD-am-SONNTAG, most of his sponsors (including Puma) are still with him and will not terminate their contracts. But his “Check24” ad was deleted on YouTube. The German Tennis Federation supports Boris. “We stand by his side,” said President Dietloff von Arnim, 62.
Lilly Becker also sticks to her ex. “Boris did not deserve it. I stand behind him no matter what happens,” she told RTL. “Now she has to tell her son Amadeus (12) what happened and will seek psychological help.” Amadeus does not know anything yet. His father is his hero and will always be. ”
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︎ July 7, 1985: Boris Becker is the first German and youngest player to win Wimbledon. Two more victories followed in 1986 and 1989.
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Young Boris Becker wins WimbledonPhoto: Bob Dear / AP