Former tennis player Boris Becker gets 2.5 years in prison for bankruptcy fraud

Former top tennis player and Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for fraudulent bankruptcy. Half of the sentence was suspended. Three weeks ago, he was found guilty of several charges by a jury in a court in his hometown of London. The punishment came today. He can still object.

Becker once had a net worth of 150 million euros, but in 2017 the 54-year-old German went bankrupt. He struggled with an outstanding loan of 4.2 million euros for his villa in Mallorca.

After his bankruptcy, he withheld some of his millions of dollars for the board of trustees. The jury found that in four of the 24 illegal cases, he had failed to disclose all of his assets. These are his bank accounts, real estate worth more than 1.5 million euros and trophies from his tennis career. Among them is the Wimbledon trophy, which he won in 1985 at the age of 17.


Becker could face up to seven years in prison. Becker has always denied any wrongdoing. He said in court that he always leaves his finances to advisers due to lack of time and information. He would also not be informed in time about the obligations he had after his bankruptcy.

The prosecutor disagreed. The prosecutor said Becker had deliberately transferred the money to other accounts to keep him from the trustees.

Source: NOS