“Not guilty, your honor.” Boris Becker declares himself innocent before the court of Southwark, London, which charges him with 28 detailed charges relating to the trial that in 2017 had declared the bankruptcy of the child-king of Wimbledon 1985, capable of annexing the most important garden of world tennis at the age of 17 years and 227 days.
The prosecution, in particular, accuses the former German champion of having concealed assets, both pecuniary and material, to prevent them from being auctioned off in order to pay off the huge debts: in the list of his properties would have disappeared the 1985 Wimbledon Cup as well as the same trophy won in 1989, the two trophies won at the Australian Open in 1991 and 1996, two President’s Cup (1985 and 1989), the medals for triumphs in the Davis Cup with Germany (1988 and 1989) and the Olympic Gold model won in doubles with Michael Stich at the Barcelona Olympics Games in 1992.
Moreover, the crown court of Southwark pursues the payments that Becker would have made to the two ex-wives, Barbara and Sharlely, in order to trace the large sums of money (Euro44,372 to the former, Euro105,000 to the latter) that would have served to settle his debts with the British tax authorities.
The wonderkid from Germany grew up to become the bad boy chased by lawyers in half of Europe. As early as July last year, Becker had already agreed to sell 82 items from his private collection (career memorabilia) for a total of 765,000 euros, but this was not enough to solve all the problems. But the memories of Wimbledon, the most important and beloved tournament, those do not touch: “They are mine, I keep them”, Boris Becker said more than once.
In the past, Boris Becker had already got into trouble with the Spanish justice system for the renovation of the mega villa in Mallorca and with the Swiss justice system for not having paid the shepherd who had celebrated his marriage to the Dutch model Sharlely Kerssenberg in 2009, by whom he had a son, Amadeus.
As reported by the Guardian, the new trial is set for September 13, 2021 and could bring Boris Becker to jail.