The precarious financial scenario of Mr. Becker has been below scrutiny for various years.
In 2017, a personal lender in London, Arbuthnot Latham, made an software for individual bankruptcy proceedings against Mr. Becker, declaring that payment of a big credit card debt owed by him was approximately two yrs overdue. He was quickly declared formally bankrupt by a London court docket, which discovered that he could not repay his debts.
That exact same yr, a Swiss court rejected a claim by a previous Swiss organization husband or wife, who claimed Mr. Becker owed him a lot more than $40 million.
As he fended off his lenders, in 2018, Mr. Becker sought to claim diplomatic immunity, due to the fact the Central African Republic had named him as its attaché to the European Union for sports, lifestyle and humanitarian affairs.
If that claim experienced been granted, any motion from Mr. Becker would have expected the approval of the international secretary, who at the time was Boris Johnson, the present primary minister. But Mr. Becker sooner or later dropped the declare.
In 2002, Mr. Becker was convicted in Germany of cash flow tax evasion, provided two years’ probation and fined practically $300,000. The verdict came six many years after German tax investigators raided Mr. Becker’s household in Munich.
On Friday, the decide, Deborah Taylor, referred to that circumstance, indicating that Mr. Becker “did not heed the warning you ended up presented and the opportunity you ended up given” — a reference to the reality that he had been spared jail time — and that this was “a important aggravating factor” in the present proceedings.
Mr. Becker gained thousands and thousands of pounds in prize dollars and sponsorship specials. He has had a number of business ventures around the many years, like a line of branded tennis equipment. He has typically appeared as a tv commentator for the BBC at Wimbledon, and he coached Novak Djokovic, the world’s top-rated men’s singles participant, for a number of a long time.