Boris Becker is at the center of the controveries. The German was called to court in London after being accused of failing to deliver two of his Wimbledon trophies to be auctioned to pay off debts. In fact, the former tennis player was declared bankrupt in 2017, but on that occasion he also refused to deliver the two trophies.
Boris Becker went to the crown court in Southwark, London, to answer 28 charges related to the bankruptcy trial that ended in 2017. Last month, there were 19 counts, but further investigations concluded that six times Slam champion would have hidden various assets, both pecuniary and material, to prevent them from being sold to pay off his huge debts.
The trial is scheduled for September 13th, 2021. New charges have emerged regarding other properties that he would have hidden during the investigations of the bankruptcy trustee: in particular, the German would not have included in the list of his possessions two of the three trophies won at Wimbledon, that of 1989 and above all that of 1985, when he became the youngest men's Slam winner.
Boris Becker would have hidden the trophies up for auction!
In addition to the Wimbledon trophies, Becker would also conceal the trophies won in '91 and '96 at the Australian Open, two President's Cups the medal for victory in the 1988 Davis Cup, the Davis Cup the following year, and the medal of double Olympic gold in Barcelona 1992.
Last month the German would not have declared a bank account containing 1.6 million dollars, would have hidden a debt of over 800,000 dollars, more than 75,000 shares of the artificial intelligence company Breaking Data Corp, and three properties, two in Germany and one in the upmarket Chelsea neighborhood, also in London.
The details of the affair were disclosed in a new indictment. Becker pleaded not guilty during his Southwark Crown Court appearance. The German is accused of evading the tax authorities by hiding real estate and over $ 1.3 million in various bank accounts.
If convicted, he faces several years in prison. For the moment Becker remains free on bail. "He is determined to face and challenge these allegations and restore his reputation," said Jonathan Caplan, the German's attorney.
In short, a sad story that would see Becker's career stained by a mole that could obscure the good things done on the tennis courts.