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Boris Becker is sentenced to 2.5 years in prison

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Tennis legend Boris Becker, 54, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for hiding assets when he was personally declared bankrupt.

This was announced today by a London court before the eyes of his son Noah and his girlfriend Lilian.

Hand in hand with his girlfriend Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro and with his Wimbledon tie around his neck, Boris Becker came to court at Southwark Crown Court, London, at lunchtime today.

The German tennis icon has been in personal bankruptcy since 2017 after failing to pay two loans totaling approximately SEK 70 million, which were contracted in the early 2010s.

In early April, he was found guilty by a British court of withholding millions of crowns, trophies and medals and German property from authorities after being declared bankrupt in person. Today the verdict fell after the new appeals from the public prosecutor and defense.

“A tragedy”

– The defendant really lost everything. Boris Becker has nothing left. Nothing! It is nothing but a tragedy. And the humiliation he endured … from the media and the outside world. His career is ruined. He won’t find a new job. He will depend on the goodwill of others to survive, Becker’s defense attorney Jonathan Laidlaw said when he asked for a conditional sentence, Bild writes from the courtroom.

For more than two hours, Judge Deborah Taylor spoke to herself about the sentence before stepping out into the courtroom where Becker, sitting in a glass cage, was told he would be sentenced to 2.5 years in prison.

– I considered the objections on your behalf, but you used your corporate account for personal account and stolen and hidden property. So much money has gone missing, Judge Taylor said in the reasons for the verdict, according to Bild.

Only after half of the sentence has been served can a parole become relevant.

Boris Becker is a former world number one in tennis with 49 singles titles and six Grand Slam titles on the merit list.

full screen Boris Becker. Photo: Alastair Grant / AP