Boris Becker (54) is one of Germany’s biggest sports icons. With his victories at Wimbledon and other major tennis tournaments, he achieved worldwide fame and fortune.
But the German lost his assets – he is said to have misappropriated the assets and failed to comply with information requirements in the insolvency proceedings initiated for this reason. That is why the 54-year-old will be tried in London from Monday. He faces up to seven years in prison.
The bankruptcy court declared the three-time Wimbledon champion bankrupt in June 2017 due to outstanding debts. Becker’s debt owed at the time was estimated at 50 million pounds (61 million francs).
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The bankruptcy deferral process was supposed to begin last September, but was postponed because Baker changed his legal team.
The tennis legend has repeatedly faced legal difficulties in financial matters. The Spanish judiciary targeted Becker over debts related to his villa in Mallorca, and the Swiss judiciary for allegedly not paying him to the priest he married in 2009.
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Baker rejects the fact that he once again violated the laws applicable to insolvency proceedings in Great Britain. At a court hearing in October 2020, he pleaded not guilty to all 28 counts. His attorney said at the time that Baker was determined to have the allegations dismissed and his reputation restored.
Among other things, Becker has been accused of withholding several trophies, including the trophy for his first Wimbledon win in 1985. He is also said to have hidden real estate and bank accounts and funneling large sums into accounts including his ex-wives, Barbara and Lily. Baker. (AFP/Chi)
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