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Boris Becker :—Tennis great Boris Becker was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison on Friday for illicitly transferring large amounts of money

LONDON — Tennis great Boris Becker was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison on Friday for illicitly transferring large amounts of money and hiding assets after he was declared bankrupt.

The three-time Wimbledon champion was convicted earlier this month on four charges under the Insolvency Act and had faced a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

Judge Deborah Taylor announced the sentence after hearing arguments from both the prosecutor and Becker’s attorney.

The 54-year-old German was found to have transferred hundreds of thousands of pounds (dollars) after his June 2017 bankruptcy from his business account to other accounts, including those of his ex-wife Barbara and estranged wife Sharlely “Lilly” Becker.

Boris Becker
Becker in 2019
Full name Boris Franz Becker
Country (sports)  West Germany (1984–1990)
 Germany (1990–1999)
Residence London, England
Born 22 November 1967 (age 54)
Leimen, West Germany
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Turned pro 1984 (amateur tour from 1983)
Retired 25 June 1999
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Coach Ion Țiriac
Günther Bosch
Bob Brett
Mike Depalmer Jr.
Günter Bresnik
Nick Bollettieri
Prize money US$25,080,956
  •  14th all-time leader in earnings
Int. Tennis HoF 2003 (member page)
Singles
Career record 713–214 (76.9%)
Career titles 49
Highest ranking No. 1 (28 January 1991)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open W (1991, 1996)
French Open SF (1987, 1989, 1991)
Wimbledon W (1985, 1986, 1989)
US Open W (1989)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals W (1988, 1992, 1995)
Grand Slam Cup W (1996)
WCT Finals W (1988)
Olympic Games 3R (1992)
Doubles
Career record 254–136 (65.1%)
Career titles 15
Highest ranking No. 6 (22 September 1986)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open QF (1985)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games  (1992)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (1988, 1989)
Hopman Cup W (1995 with Anke Huber)
Coaching career (2013–2016)
  • Novak Djokovic (2013–2016)
Coaching achievements
Coachee singles titles total 25
List of notable tournaments
(with champion)

Career Grand Slam (Djokovic)
2× Australian Open (Djokovic)
French Open (Djokovic)
2× Wimbledon (Djokovic)
US Open (Djokovic)
2× ATP World Tour Finals (Djokovic)
14× ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (Djokovic)

Becker was also convicted of failing to declare a property in Germany and hiding an 825,000 euro ($871,000) bank loan and shares in a tech firm.

The jury at Southwark Crown Court in London acquitted him on 20 other counts, including charges that he failed to hand over his many awards, including two Wimbledon trophies and an Olympic gold medal.

Becker, wearing a striped tie in Wimbledon’s purple and green colors, walked into the courthouse hand in hand with girlfriend Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro.’

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