6-Time Grand Slam Champion Boris Becker to Serve Jail Time After Receiving Prison Sentence

Published 04/30/2022, 2:03 AM EDT
Boris Becker seen in Paris during the tennis Roland Garros tournament. Boris Becker splits from wife Lilly. On May 29, 2018. (Photo by Mehdi Taamallah/Nurphoto)

In shocking news, six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison by a UK judge. The court found him guilty of four charges under the Insolvency Act. Earlier in 2017, reports came out that Becker owed nearly £50 million to his creditors during his bankruptcy. Now, after a long and stretched case, he gets a prison sentence of 2 years and six months. However, he will not serve the full length of this duration. 

Former tennis player Boris Becker arrives at Southwark Crown Court for his bankruptcy offences trial in London, Britain, April 5, 2022. REUTERS/Tom Nicholson

Boris Becker will serve more than one year in prison 

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Today, a UK judge named Deborah Taylor gave Boris Becker a prison sentence for hiding more than $3 million dollars, as he was dodging the creditors that owed money to him. Incidentally, this is not the first time the German faced something like this.

In 2002, he faced a similar situation for evading tax. Remembering that incident, the judge showed very little mercy, as she sentenced him to 2 and a half years. However, he will only serve half of that duration, i.e. around 1 year and 3 months. 

Before the hearing, the court charged the former tennis player with hiding his property, as he was trying to avoid paying his debts. Also, he failed to hand over his Wimbledon trophies and medals. 

According to his lawyer, this will ruin his reputation and the chance to earn money in the future. Notably, Becker has been commentating during the Wimbledon for more than 20 years while working for BBC. 

Becker had a fantastic career as a professional tennis player

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Becker came into the limelight after winning his first-ever Wimbledon title back in 1985 at the age of only 17. Thus, he became the youngest ever male player to win the Wimbledon singles title. In his entire career, the German player won 6 Grand Slam titles (3 Wimbledon, 2 Australian Open, and a US Open title). 

Since retiring from professional tennis in 1999, he has been commentating at Wimbledon. Also, he wrote a book about himself in 2004, which provided some details about his life as a professional tennis player. Later, he became the coach of Novak Djokovic in 2013, which lasted till 2016. During his coaching, Djokovic won six Major titles. 

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PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 05: Champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia clebrates with his coach, Boris Becker following his victory during the Men’s Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill for Adidas/Getty Images)

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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