Boris Becker is not done with the legal troubles. Declared bankrupt in June 2017, the former German tennis star was accused Thursday of not having met his obligations to disclose information, especially banking information and of having concealed more than a million pounds (1.1 million euros) held in bank accounts, as well as property. The person pleaded not guilty to all of these charges on Thursday and will appear for trial in September 2021.
In July 2019, 82 items, including trophies and personal memorabilia, had been auctioned and brought in 765,000 euros, a sum intended to pay off part of his debts. His first trophy gleaned at Wimbledon in 1985, the silverware obtained in 1989 at the same tournament and his trophies won at the Australian Open in 1991 and 1996 are among the goods he is accused of not having returned.
An already busy judicial past in Spain and Germany
Becker is also accused of withdrawing hundreds of thousands of pounds and transferring them to other accounts, including those of his estranged wife Barbara Becker and wife Sharlely “Lilly” Becker, from whom he is estranged. Prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley has clarified that Boris Becker, who lives in London, could be indicted on new charges at a later date.
“He (Becker) is determined to face, challenge these accusations and restore his reputation to the allegations against him.“Said Jonathan Caplan, his lawyer. The former player has already had legal setbacks for unpaid debts with the Spanish justice, concerning work in his villa in Mallorca, and with the Swiss justice, for not having paid the pastor who had married him in 2009.
In 2002, the German justice sentenced him to two years in prison and to a fine of 500,000 euros for some 1.7 million euros in back taxes. Six times Grand Slam title, “Boom Boom” Becker, so nicknamed for his devastating service, won 49 titles and obtained more than 20 million euros in earnings during his sports career.