Boris Becker Accused Of Failing To Hand Over Wimbledon Trophy To Clear His Debt

Published 10/22/2020, 10:05 PM EDT


Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker is having a tough time it seems. Becker allegedly failed to return his Grand Slam trophies which were supposed to be sold to clear his debts. The list includes his first Grand Slam trophy as well. Along with the 1985 Wimbledon trophy, the 1986 Wimbledon trophy too was enlisted.

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Becker was declared bankrupt back in 2017. The former German international was asked to auction out his awards and clear out the existing debts.

Becker pleaded not guilty in the London court on October 22. The trial would take place in September 2021.

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The former world number 1 however, was stern enough to contest the charges. Even though Prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley said that Becker may face further charges at a later date.

He (Becker) is determined to face and contest these charges and restore his reputation in relation to the allegations made against him“, Defense counsel Jonathan Caplan said.

The allegation against Boris Becker indicates concealing more than £1 million. Becker is said to have transferred the amount through various accounts including that of Barbara Becker and Lilly Becker. It is alleged that the money has been laundered via various properties under his name. Apart from these, Becker is alleged to hold a major portion of shares of a company named Breaking Data Corp.

Boris Becker an amazing player and a coach

Becker was only 17 years old when he made his presence felt in the tennis circuit. Winning the coveted Wimbledon championship, in 1985, Becker left a deep impression.  He became the first German to win the Wimbledon championship. Repeating his feat in 1986, Becker turned out to be a talented individual and not a one-season performer.

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He accumulated around six Grand Slam titles in his career. He was able to claim titles across the US Open, Wimbledon, and the Australian Open. However, he failed to win any French Open title.

The German coached Novak Djokovic for three long years. The French Open title was missing from his cabinet as a player. However, it was won by him as Djokovic’s coach. The Serbian has only one Roland Garros title and that too with Boris Becker.

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