February 2, 2023

Money News PH

The Premier Blog Where Money Talks

Boris Becker: Former Wimbledon champion released after serving eight months in prison

Boris BeckerBoris Becker has won six Grand Slam singles titles, including three at Wimbledon

Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has been released from prison after serving eight months of his sentence for hiding £2.5million worth of assets and loans to avoid debt.

He was released from custody on Thursday morning.

The BBC assumes that Becker will be deported from the UK.

A Home Office spokesman told BBC Sport: “Any foreigner convicted of a crime and sentenced to prison will be considered for deportation at the earliest opportunity.”

As a foreigner without British citizenship, Becker is automatically deportable and has been sentenced to more than 12 months in prison.

Becker has lived in the UK since 2012 after retiring from gaming in 1999. During his 15-year career, he won six Grand Slam singles titles, including three at Wimbledon.

He was declared bankrupt in June 2017 over an unpaid loan of more than £3million on his estate in Mallorca, Spain.

Becker was on trial earlier this year after being accused of hiding millions of pounds worth of assets to avoid paying his debts.

He was eventually found guilty of four counts related to his bankruptcy, but was acquitted of a further 20.

It was reported that Becker was initially held at Wandsworth Prison in south-west London before being transferred to Huntercombe Prison in May.

He previously worked as a BBC pundit at Wimbledon and coached 21-time Major singles champion Novak Djokovic for three seasons.