Boris Becker is due to stand trial on March 21, for up to three weeks, after being accused of failing to hand over the trophies of his impressive career to settle debts – a court heard on Friday
Tennis legend Boris Becker will be assisted by a German translator when he stands trial for a bankruptcy hearing later this month, a court has heard.
Becker – who has won six Grand Slam titles – was declared bankrupt in June 2017 and is accused of failing to meet disclosure obligations.
He was accused of failing to hand over a number of his most prestigious trophies in order to settle his debts, the court heard.
The silverware in question would include the German’s singles title at Wimbledon in 1985, as well as his prize money winning the 1991 and 1996 Australian Open in Melbourne.
Before trial, Becker denies seven counts of concealment of property, two counts of removal of property required by the receiver, five counts of failure to disclose details of his estate and one count of concealment of debts .
He also denies nine counts of non-disclosure of trophies, which were in his custody or control, and which he was required by law to hand over.
In addition to his exploits on the court, Becker is also known for his work on television and in the media, often acting as a pundit in BBC tennis coverage.
Despite showing impressive English skills during his punditry work, the German will be aided by a translator when he takes the stand at trial later this month.
During a 15-minute pre-trial at Southwark Crown Court on Friday – which Becker did not attend – defense barrister Jonathan Laidlaw QC told the court: ‘His English is good, as we all know .
“It’s just a weird word.
“When he speaks, it might be better if he speaks in German and it is translated into English.”
Judge Deborah Taylor told the court that she expects the trial to generate great global interest and will therefore be watched by people around the world.
Judge Taylor commented: “We must also anticipate that there is very great interest not only from journalists in the UK but outside the UK.
“The question I had was whether access to the CVP could and should be provided to the press overseas – bearing in mind that we cannot control the foreign press.”
Prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley replied: “It’s open justice. I’m glad the link is provided.”
The trial is scheduled for March 21 and is expected to last up to three weeks.