Boris Becker sentenced to two and a half years in prison for hiding assets to avoid paying debts after declaring bankruptcy
German tennis player Boris Becker has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for concealing assets to avoid paying debts. Becker, 54, who filed for bankruptcy in 2017 and owes €60 million to creditors, was found guilty of violating UK insolvency laws.
Becker, who in 1985 became the youngest tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles title by winning Wimbledon at the age of 17, earned nearly €50 million in prize money during his career. He was convicted of concealing a number of assets, including nearly €800,000, 75,000 shares in a technology company and some of his tennis titles, including two Wimbledon trophies. Becker was legally required to declare his entire estate after filing for bankruptcy in 2017.
After that bankruptcy, Becker would have handed over his wedding ring, but, according to the British press, he would have hidden the ownership of a house valued at 1.5 million euros in Germany, a loan of 820,000 euros he received from a Liechtenstein bank and shares in a company of artificial intelligence. Becker has a previous conviction for tax evasion and attempted tax evasion in Germany in 2002.
During his career, Becker won Wimbledon three times (1985, 1986 and 1989), two Australian Opens (1991 and 1996) and one US Open (1989). He also won a gold medal in men’s doubles at the Barcelona ’92 Olympic Games. Between 2014 and 2016, the German was Novak Djokovic’s coach.