Boris Becker could face EXPULSION after his 30-month prison sentence
Imprisoned tennis star Boris Becker could be deported from the UK after serving his prison sentence because he does not have British nationality.
The three-time Wimbledon champion is currently behind bars at HMP Wandsworth, just 2.4 miles from Center Court, serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for bankruptcy fraud.
But foreign nationals serving prison terms of more than 12 months are often deported “at the first opportunity” as it is deemed “conducive to the public good”, according to the Home Office.
Becker, 54, has lived in west London since 2012 but has never had time to apply for citizenship, despite declaring his intention to do so seven years ago.
He arrived at Wandsworth Prison on Friday evening, hours after being sentenced to a 30-month sentence at Southwark Crown Court.
He should serve at least half of his sentence.
Boris Becker arriving at Southwark Crown Court on April 29, 2022 in London, England. Six-time Grand Slam tennis champion Boris Becker was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after being found guilty of four counts under insolvency law relating to his bankruptcy in 2017.
The main entrance to HMP Wandsworth, London, UK. HMP Wandsworth in southwest London was built in 1851 and is one of the largest prisons in Western Europe. It has a capacity of around 1500 prisoners, but is known to be in poor condition and infested with rats
Former Wimbledon tennis champion Boris Becker won three Grand Slam titles on center court (Becker pictured aged 17 in 1985)
Boris, pictured in June 1993 at Wimbledon, just 2.4 miles from his Wandsworth prison cell, was declared bankrupt in June 2017, owing creditors almost £50million on an unpaid loan of more than £3million on his property in Mallorca, Spain
New inmates being taken to Wandsworth Prison are required to stay in the ‘induction wing’ of the dungeon for seven to 10 days on arrival due to current Covid restrictions.
Becker can then be transferred to the general population, but new inmates generally must be in prison for at least six weeks, demonstrating good behavior, before being considered for worker roles.
Wandsworth is also a remand center used to temporarily hold criminals who are then transferred to serve their sentence elsewhere, meaning the likelihood of Becker serving his full prison sentence there is slim.
Due to the non-violent nature of his crime, it’s likely that Becker will be moved to a “milder” prison with fewer security restrictions in the coming months.
The former professional sportsman has been discovered to have hidden £2.5million in assets and loans to avoid paying his debts.
He was declared bankrupt in June 2017, owing his creditors almost £50million on an unpaid loan of more than £3million on his property in Mallorca, Spain.
He transferred around £390,000 from his business account to others, including those of his ex-wife Barbara Becker and ex-wife Sharlely ‘Lilly’ Becker.
Becker also failed to declare his share in a £1million property in his home town of Leimen, Germany, hid a bank loan of nearly £700,000 – worth £1.1million pounds sterling with interest – and hid 75,000 shares in a tech company, worth £66,000. .
The 54-year-old, who received a two-year suspended prison sentence for tax evasion and attempted tax evasion worth £1.4million in Germany in 2002, was found guilty on 8 April of four breaches of insolvency law between June and October 2017.
Each count carried a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, but Becker was only sentenced to two and a half years in total.
Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker could work as a gym instructor in prison after he was sentenced to a two-and-a-half-year prison term for hiding £2.5million in assets and loans to avoid paying their debts
Boris Becker’s ex-wife has said she is still married to the tennis star and refuses to divorce – four years after the couple split – despite being jailed
Boris Becker’s ex-wife has said she is still married to the tennis star and is refusing to divorce – four years after the couple split – despite being jailed.
Dutch model Lilly Becker, 45, said she was ‘completely devastated’ as Boris was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Friday and ‘couldn’t believe’ what she was hearing, having been ‘convinced “that he would get him a lighter sentence.
“I had to stay the course and I don’t know how I did,” she said.
She also told TalkTV’s Piers Morgan Uncensored that she was still married to Boris, despite reports that the couple divorced in May 2018.
“I’m still his wife,” Lilly said. ‘Wife separated as it may be, but we are still very much married and have been since we separated.
“From the start, it was intense and a complete true love story. Everyone who knows us knows that. It’s not that I don’t want a divorce. We should manage our affairs at the right time.
When asked if she still loved Boris, she replied: “Of course I do.”
She also revealed that Boris was doing ‘fine’ in jail and was ‘as good as he can be’, but adding: ‘It’s not a five star hotel, is it?’
Becker remained in high profile after his retirement thanks to his work as a television pundit and as a successful coach of Djokovic for three years from December 2013.
Speaking to reporters in the Spanish capital ahead of the Madrid Open, Djokovic said: “Just heartbroken for him. He’s a friend, a long time friend, a coach for three, four years, someone one that I consider close in my life and that has contributed a lot to my success in my career.
“I’m not going to go into the details of the verdict, as I’m not in a position to do so, but, as his friend, I’m super sad for him. It’s not much you can say.
Novak Djokovic has opened up about his grief over the jailing of former coach Boris Becker=
The German coached Djokovic for a successful three-year spell starting in December 2013.
Andy Murray admitted he ‘felt no emotion’ for Boris Becker after his prison sentence
“I just hope he gets through this period where he has to be in prison and that when he gets out he can live his life – I don’t know if we’ll use the word ‘normal’ because life is changing. definitely for anyone who goes to jail, especially for so long.
Andy Murray, meanwhile, remained more stoic on the matter, suggesting he felt no great sympathy for the three-time Wimbledon champion.
In the eyes of the 34-year-old Scot, Becker must accept responsibility for his actions.
“I didn’t really feel particularly emotional about it,” Murray said when asked about his reaction to the news.
“He broke the law and if you do that I don’t think you should get any special treatment because of who you are or what you’ve done. Again, I’m sorry he’s in this situation, but I’m also sorry for the people he’s also affected by his decisions and what happened to them.
“I hope he’s doing well and learning from his mistakes. But I didn’t feel any particular emotion about it.