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Ruling over historic debt

Ex-Wimbledon champion Becker declared bankrupt

Boris Becker
Boris Becker: bankrupt. (SNS Group)

Three-time Wimbledon tennis champion Boris Becker has been declared bankrupt by a London bankruptcy court.

The 49-year-old owed a firm of private bankers a large sum and the court registrar said there was not enough credible evidence that he could pay.

Mr Becker’s lawyers asked for a final chance to pay with the funds from re-mortgaging a property in Majorca, requesting another 28-day adjournment after saying that they expected the six million euro deal to be completed in a month’s time.

Registrar Miss Christine Derrett rejected the appeal, saying it was “with regret” that she came to the conclusion that he could not pay.

“It is not often the case that a professional person has a judgment (debt) outstanding against them since October 2015. This is a historic debt,” she said.

“One has the impression of a man with his head in the sand.

“In these circumstances, and with a degree of regret, I’m afraid that I do not agree to the request for an adjournment.

“I am therefore satisfied that the necessary papers are in order and I make this bankruptcy order.”

Mr Becker, now a coach and TV pundit, was not at the hearing at the Bankruptcy and Companies Court in London.

The bankruptcy application was made by merchant banking firm Arbuthnot Latham & Co. in connection with a debt owed to them from October 2015.

Mr Becker’s advocate, John Briggs, said: “He is not a sophisticated individual when it comes to finances. I am asking for a real last chance for Mr Becker to come good. It has just taken longer than anticipated.”

Since retiring from the game, Mr Becker has worked in business and the media and also coached former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic for three years from 2013.

In addition to his Wimbledon triumphs in 1985, 1986 and 1989, he won the Australian Open twice in 1991 and 1996 and was US Open champion in 1989.

He is scheduled to be part of the BBC’s commentary team for this year’s Wimbledon championships which begin on Monday, 3 July.

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