Daughter Anna Ermakova in shock after the verdict

Anna Ermakova had hoped until the end that her father Boris Becker would not go to prison.Photo: dpa / Ursula Düren

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The harsh verdict handed down by Judge Deborah Taylor on Friday at Southwark Crown Court for tennis legend Boris Becker has moved the public. The turnout is huge. However, that does not change the verdict – and the daughter Anna Ermakova is shocked that her father is going to prison.

Actually, the 22-year-old would have done anything to prevent her father from sitting in jail, as she revealed in the photo. She had even written to the court. In vain.

As with any meeting, Becker showed up last Friday with his partner Lilian De Carvalho Monteiro.

As with any meeting, Becker showed up last Friday with his partner Lilian De Carvalho Monteiro.Image: picture alliance / Photoshot

Tennis legend Boris Becker is going to jail. On Friday, a court in London sentenced him to two and a half years in prison for several bankruptcy crimes. The 54-year-old must serve half of that before he can spend the rest on conditional freedomas Judge Deborah Taylor ruled at Southwark Crown Court.

Daughter Anna: “I visit him when I can”

Daughter Anna Ermakova is left stunned when she tells “Bild”: “I’m really shocked that my father was sentenced to two years and six months.” She will visit her father whenever she can. After the verdict was handed down, the 22-year-old took a deep look into his emotional world and expressed concern about his brother Amadeus, who was only twelve years old:

“I helped as best I could. I wrote a letter to the court to express my concern for my little half-brother Amadeus. He is only 12 and must now do without a father figure who is at a difficult time in his development will be missed. It “It’s not fair to him. It’s going to be tough for Amadeus.”

The verdict does not only leave the family stunned.

Following his conviction, Boris Becker also received a lot of sympathy from other celebrities. “I’m sorry for Boris,” said former football coach Reiner Calmund. “Boris has survived the toughest fights. I wish he would master this time too.”

The tennis world continues to support Boris Becker and honor his successes

The German Tennis Federation (DTB) also wants to continue to support the triple Wimbledon winner: “We take note of the verdict with respect and regret and wish him all the best in the near future,” said Federal President Dietloff von Arnim on Friday in Munich. “We stand by his side.”

Becker was immediately remanded in custody Friday. He now has 28 days to appeal the verdict. “Boris Becker was everyone’s idol,” said fashion designer Harald Glööckler of Bild. “Whether you knew anything about tennis or not, you did it. It was literally lifted up into the sky – and now dropped indefinitely.” TV host Verona Pooth also wanted Becker a lot of strength.

“Boris Becker has been an integral part of the German tennis family for decades. His merits are and will remain unique,” said DTB President von Arnim. Becker has done great things nationally and internationally in the field of tennis. “Most recently, he supported the German Tennis Federation as head of men’s tennis in the competitive and youth sports sector and proved to be a great enrichment and sponsor of our sport during this time.”

DTB President Dietloff von Arnim continues to support Becker.

DTB President Dietloff von Arnim continues to support Becker.Photo: dpa / Sven Hoppe

“I wish he had been spared it”

German tennis player Oscar Otte, who reached the semi-finals of the ATP tournament in Munich on Friday, said Becker’s conviction was a shame and sad, “because it’s the tennis legend in Germany – and he got tennis Germany to tennis Germany with his performance “.

Moderator Jörg Kachelmann tweeted: “I wish he had been spared it. I hope everyone close to him will continue to support him.”

At the very least, this wish should come true.

As at any meeting, Becker appeared last Friday accompanied by his partner Lilian De Carvalho Monteiro; the couple held hands as they walked past dozens of photographers and cameramen into court. Becker’s eldest son Noah brought a packed travel bag, which was placed with Becker in the glass cabinet in which the defendant was to reside.

The widespread sympathy is certainly useful for the family. Among other things, her daughter Anna Ermakova is grateful for this in her Instagram story. There she writes: “Thank you for all the support.”

Dishonesty in bankruptcy proceedings was Becker’s regret

Becker, who lives in London, was declared bankrupt by the court in 2017. He then had to disclose his assets to the insolvency managers – but according to the court, he omitted important parts. A jury found the German guilty of four out of 24 charges three weeks ago.

About half the time, Boris Becker has to serve time in jail.

About half the time, Boris Becker has to serve time in jail.Photo: NurPhoto / WIktor Szymanowicz

The lay judges found that Becker was hiding a property in his hometown of Leimen (Baden-Württemberg) worth about 1.2 million euros, illegally transferring a total of 427,000 euros to other accounts and shares in an artificial intelligence company worth 78,600 euros and a loan debt. at 825,000 euros. The verdict from the judge in London followed on Friday.

(ast / with material from dpa)

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