Tennis legend Boris Becker, who declared bankruptcy five years ago, will now face a court hearing after failing to hand over his tennis trophies to settle USD 65 million in debts. Boris Becker, a six-time Grand Slam champion, declared bankruptcy in 2017, but has now been summoned to Southwark Crown Court to face charges. This comes after he was accused of failing to comply with information-disclosure obligations and failing to provide his tennis trophies in an attempt to raise funds to pay off his debts.
The 1985 Wimbledon title, as well as the 1991 and 1996 Australian Open trophies, were among the items the German great was required to hand over. The trophies are said to be worth a total of USD 2.3 million, according to reports.
He’s also accused of syphoning hundreds of thousands of pounds from his former wife Barbara Becker and his estranged wife Sharlely ‘Lilly’ Becker’s bank accounts. A three-week trial is scheduled for Germany’s greatest ever male player, who will be aided by the use of a translator.
He faces seven counts of concealing property, five counts of failing to disclose details of his estate, two counts of removing property required by the receiver, and one count of concealing debt, all of which he denies.
There are a total of 24 charges against Becker, all of which he denies. If convicted, he could face a sentence of up to seven years in prison. The Insolvency Service brought the case on behalf of Kwasi Kwarteng MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.