More trouble awaits Boris Becker as his bankruptcy lawsuit reaches its final stages

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One of Germany’s best players, Boris Becker faces an uncertain future. The former world number 1, who went bankrupt in 2017, could be jailed for up to 7 years, depending on the verdict in the case against him. He is accused of concealing his Wimbledon and Australian Open trophies, multiple properties and around $2.3 million, in regards to his bankruptcy issue. At the time he declared bankruptcy, his debts were estimated at £50 million.

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The trial of the six-time Grand Slam winner is taking place at Southwark Crown Court, London.

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This isn’t Becker’s first brush with the law. In 2002, a Munich court sentenced him to a two-year suspended prison sentence. He was sanctioned with an additional fine of 300,000 euros, for tax evasion of approximately 1.7 million euros.

Becker is one of the most popular tennis players in the world, all the more so because of his dynamic personality on the court. He won his first Major at the age of 17. Since then, it has more or less hit the headlines, for good or bad reasons. Notably, in his post-retirement life, he was best known for coaching world number one Novak Djokovic and playing a massive role in making him one of the best clutch players on the tour.

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The judge and jury summed up the case for nearly 4 hours and left after 3 p.m. German time. The process is supposed to continue after 11 a.m. The tennis star is accused of hiding a lot of assets regarding his bankruptcy filings, even though he denies them.

This time, however, he denied 1 count of receiving debt, 2 counts of removal of property demanded by the receiver, 5 counts of failing to disclose details of his estate and 7 counts of accusation of concealment of property. On top of all that, he also denied 9 counts of not disclosing the trophies.

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The court received reports that he failed to disclose his properties in Germany and London and the fact that he transferred thousands of pounds to other accounts involving his wife’s and ex-wife’s accounts. He also didn’t reveal anything about the 75,000 shares of artificial intelligence company Breaking Data Corp.

Former tennis player Boris Becker arrives with his partner Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro at Southwark Crown Court for his misdemeanor bankruptcy trial in London, Britain April 5, 2022. REUTERS/Tom Nicholson

The prosecutor found Becker guilty on 24 counts. However, his lawyers said Becker was unaware of his finances, trophies and properties, and that their concealment was not done on purpose. He will face jail time if the jury agrees with the judges’ statement.

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Keep an eye out for more updates on this case as the trial unfolds!

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