- Boris Becker is a former tennis star. Baker, a six-time Grand Slam champion, reigned at the top of the tennis world of his time. He earned billions of rupees from sports but suddenly there was an earthquake in his life.
London : Former tennis star Boris Becker has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison by a British court. The court sentenced Baker on Friday after finding him guilty on charges related to the 2017 bankruptcy. Baker, a six-time Grand Slam champion, has pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court in London to the transfer of large sums of money from his business account. He also failed to declare an asset in Germany and hid 825,000 euros ($866,500) of debt and shares in a technology firm.
Boris Becker was acquitted of 20 charges earlier this month. This included nine cases of failure to hand over trophies and medals won during his illustrious tennis career. Baker told jurors he did not know the whereabouts of his memorabilia, including two of his three Wimbledon men’s singles trophies. Judge Deborah Taylor released Baker on conditional bail ahead of her sentence on Friday.
He arrived early for the hearing wearing a striped purple and green tie, white shirt and charcoal gray suit in the colors of Wimbledon. He shook hands with his partner, Lillian de Carvalho Monteiro, on their way to court in front of a bank of waiting reporters and cameras. Former world number one Boris Becker told the jury how he had to pay a hefty sum after his divorce from his first wife, Barbara Baker. Payment for the child’s future and expensive lifestyle commitments had to pay off from his $50 million (£40 million) career earnings.
Baker said he was shocked and embarrassed when he was declared bankrupt in June 2017 over an unpaid debt of more than $3 million at his estate in Mallorca, Spain. German Boris Becker, who has lived in Britain since 2012, said he tried to secure his assets. Had collaborated with trustees, even offered his wedding ring, and relied on mentors who managed his life away from tennis. But the former player, who was supported in court by his teammate and eldest son Noah, was found guilty of four charges under the Insolvency Act.
Giving evidence, Baker said that he earned a huge amount of money during his career by paying cash for several properties. He coaches current world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic, works as a TV sports commentator and as a brand ambassador for firms including Puma. He said his income dropped dramatically after his retirement in 1999. Baker, who lived in Monte Carlo and Switzerland before moving to Britain, said his financial commitments include his £22,000-a-month rented home in Wimbledon, south-west London.The Swiss authorities were owed five million francs (about $5.1 million) and only one million euros separately when convicted of attempted tax evasion and tax evasion in Germany in 2002.
He said the bad publicity hurt the brand Baker, meaning he struggled to make enough money to pay off his debt. His lawyer, Jonathan Laidlaw, stated at the time of his bankruptcy that Baker was too reliant on and dependent on his advisors.Baker shook the tennis world in 1985 when he became Wimbledon’s youngest-ever men’s singles champion at age 17, and repeated the feat the following year. His ferrocious serve was popularly known as “Boom Boom” Baker. He won Wimbledon for the third time in 1989. He also won the Australian Open and the US Open twice during his illustrious career, becoming the top-ranked player in the world in 1991.
Baker turned to commentary after his retirement, playing a high-profile role on the BBC, but he returned to the court in 2013 to guide Djokovic, helping the Serb spend six more years before the pair split in 2016. Helped to win Grand Slam trophies.