London (AP) – Tennis legend Boris Becker (54) receives much sympathy after being sentenced to prison. “I’m sorry for Boris,” former football coach Reiner Calmund told Bild.
“Boris has survived the toughest fights. I wish he would master this time too.” Becker’s former coach Günther Bosch told “Bild am Sonntag”: “As a tennis player, he had the incredible quality that he was able to win matches that he thought he had lost. But he did not succeed in this game, he could not win anymore. “
The German Tennis Federation (DTB) 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,” Federal President Dietloff von Arnim said on Friday. in Munich. “We stand by his side.”
Bosch, 85, told the Bild am Sonntag: “I always hoped he would get away with a fine or other punishment. From a human point of view, a prison sentence is the worst thing that can happen.” Would the extras visit his former protégé in prison? “I’ve thought about it, but I do not know if it is possible. I could not bear to see him in prison either.”
Becker was sentenced to two and a half years in prison by a court in London for several bankruptcy crimes. He must serve half of that before he can be allowed to spend the rest on parole, Southwark Crown Court Judge Deborah Taylor ruled. Becker was immediately remanded in custody Friday. He now has 28 days to appeal the verdict.
Becker’s wife Lilly Becker, who lives separately from him, was surprised by the harshness of the verdict: “He did not kill anyone [Er hat niemanden umgebracht]”She said ‘Exclusive Weekend’ on RTL (broadcast on Saturday). When she watched Becker’s patchwork family, Lilly, who was in a relationship with him until the split in 2018, said: ‘It’s important that every person knows that we, Amadeus, Noah, Elias, Barbara, his girlfriend Liliana, we are all behind Boris. “
“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.
“Only the best”
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 “. Tennis player Alexander Zverev said “t-online”: “Boris was and is very important to German tennis. It’s sad to hear. I wish him the best.”
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 4 out of 24 charges three weeks ago. 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 of 825,000 euros. Now Judge Taylor had the floor and set the prison sentence.
The family supports Becker
Baden-Württemberg’s Finance Minister Danyal Bayaz (Greens) tweeted about the case: “Right and consistent under the rule of law”. At the same time, he added: “A sports-historical tragedy”.
As at any meeting, Becker appeared last Friday accompanied by his partner Lilian De Carvalho Monteiro; the couple held hands as they walked past photographers and cameramen into court. Becker’s eldest son Noah brought a packed travel bag, which was put together with Becker in the glass cabinet in which the defendant was to stay. Becker’s daughter Anna Ermakova was stunned after the verdict in an interview with the newspaper “Bild”. “I’m really shocked that my father has been sentenced to two years and six months,” she said. “I will support him and I will visit him whenever I can. I hope it will help a little to get through time.”