At the time of sentencing at London’s Southwark Crown Court, Becker, supported by partner Lillian de Carvalho Monteiro, wore a gray suit, white shirt and striped tie in Wimbledon’s green and purple colors.
“I take into account what has been described as your fall into sin. You lost your career, reputation and all your property as a result of your bankruptcy,” the judge said, according to the Press Association (PA).
“You showed no remorse, no confession of guilt, and no desire to distance yourself from your wrongdoing and your bankruptcy.
“While I accept your humiliation as part of the proceedings, there was no humility.”
Becker was declared bankrupt in June 2017, meaning he was required by law to disclose all of his assets.
The assets he covered up included 426,930.90 euros (about $450,000) that was given to several third parties, real estate in Leyman, Germany, and 75,000 Breaking Data Corp shares, according to the Insolvency Service.
Becker “was selective in declaring his assets. When it suited him, he would fully disclose information; when it wasn’t required, he didn’t do it,” said prosecutor Rebecca Chakli, who urged the judge to issue a jail sentence, Reuters reported. .
She accused Becker of “playing the system in bad faith” by hiding and transferring assets and depriving creditors of more than two million pounds ($2.51 million) of assets.
“Today’s verdict confirms that Boris Becker has failed in his legal obligation to declare significant assets in his bankruptcy,” said Dean Beal, chief executive of the Bankruptcy Service.
“This belief serves as a clear warning to those who think they can hide their assets and get away with it. You will be found and held accountable.”
Becker made tennis history when he won Wimbledon at the age of 17 in 1985 and won five more Grand Slam titles over the next 11 years.
He remained active in the world of tennis after retiring from the sport, in particular as coach of Novak Djokovic and appeared frequently in the media as a commentator and pundit.
According to the PA, Becker’s attorney, Jonathan Laidlaw, told the court that “the litigation has completely ruined his career and ruined all further income prospects.”
“His reputation is in tatters,” Laidlaw added. “He won’t be able to find a job and will have to rely on the charity of others if he wants to survive.”