The German ex-tennis player has had to apologize for a supposed slip in a charity auction. A London court considers that the winner of six Grand Slam titles cannot afford his debts.
Boris Becker Bankruptcy
A London court today declared bankrupt the German ex-tennis player Boris Becker, winner of six Grand Slam titles. Although Becker’s lawyers, 49, asked the bankruptcy court of the British capital a “last chance” to pay a debt that contracted to remortgage a property in Mallorca, the head of Civil Registry in charge of dealing with the case, Christine Derret, declared it insolvent.
Becker’s lawyers argued that there was “obvious evidence” that his client could return. Through a refinancing agreement, the debt he contracted with private bank Arbuthnot Latham & Co, estimated at around six million, for the hypothecary of a property in Mallorca, but the court declared it insolvent.
Christine Derrett, who claimed to have seen him play live when Becker was active, said, “With great pain,” that there was no reliable evidence that the Teutonic ex-tennis player could return the “considerable debt” he has while refusing to postpone the session for 28 days. “I have the impression that we are facing a man with his head buried in the sand,” said Derrett.
Becker, who in recent years worked as a coach of Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic and worked as a commentator on the British BBC for the Wimbledon tournament, retired from professional tennis in 1999.
In 2002, the German was sentenced to two years of probation and to pay half a million dollars for tax evasion between the years 1991 and 1993 The German ex-tennis player Boris Becker delivered a fake racket in a television auction for charity, reports the popular German newspaper “Bild”.
According to this medium, the triple champion of Wimbledon offered the racket with which he had theoretically played his last game of that tournament in a program of public television ZDF, for which a collector paid 12,000 dollars.
Now came to light, notes the newspaper, that the buyer received a racket that was not with Becker faced Pat Rafter, in 1999, the game that lost and continued his withdrawal from tennis. The charity campaign to which the collection should have been destined did not receive the money either.
The sale took place last June and, according to report, Becker’s lawyer, Christian Moser, later corrected the error and sent the correct racket to the collector, identified as Julian Schmitz-Avila.
The collection, on the other hand, has not been deposited yet to the promised charity campaign, sponsored by that newspaper, which the lawyer justifies in the “negative information” that newspaper disseminates about his client.
In recent times, a report has reported profusely of alleged financial problems of the ex-tennis player, 50 years, which has ensured that is on the verge of bankruptcy.