Boris Becker goes on trial in bankruptcy case

Boris Becker goes on trial over charges relating to his bankruptcy

Boris Becker will go on trial in London over his bankruptcy case

Boris Becker goes on trial on Monday over charges relating to his bankruptcy.

Becker, who will stand trial at Southwark Crown Court in London, was accused of concealing his Wimbledon and Australian Open trophies, several properties and around £1.8 million.

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At the time of his bankruptcy in June 2017, the German’s debts were estimated at up to £50 million.

The 54-year-old, a six-time Grand Slam singles champion, faces a maximum of seven years in prison if he is found guilty.

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The court was told in preliminary hearings that Becker owned a flat in Chelsea, London, as well as two properties in Germany, which were undeclared between June and October 2017.

He denies seven charges of concealing property, two counts of removing property required by the receiver, five counts of failing to disclose details of his estate and one count of concealing debt.

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He also denies nine counts of failing to disclose the trophies.

Becker, who lives in London, will use an interpreter when giving evidence in a trial expected to last three weeks, even though his barrister admits his English is “very good”.

It is yet another curious chapter in the life of one of tennis’s most troubled personalities.

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By 1993, Becker was embroiled in tax problems with the German government, while his last Wimbledon final ended in defeat against Pete Sampras in 1995.

Becker lifted his final Grand Slam title at the 1996 Australian Open before retiring three years later.

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His private life was frequently in turmoil, featuring marriage splits and a bizarre incident when he claimed to be the Central African Republic’s attache for sports, culture and humanitarian affairs to the European Union.

In 2002, a court in Munich sentenced Becker to a two-year suspended prison sentence and a fine of 300,000 euros for tax evasion of around 1.7 million euros.

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Becker was declared bankrupt five years ago, setting in motion a chain of events that leaves the tennis icon fighting to avoid a lengthy spell behind bars.