The former Wimbledon champion received an eight-month prison term of 2.5 years. According to the PA news agency, Boris Becker has been released from prison in the UK and will soon be returned to Germany after serving eight months in prison.
The former Wimbledon champion was sentenced to two and a half years in prison in April for concealing assets worth£ 2.5 million despite declaring bankruptcy.
The 55-year-old former World Number One was found guilty of removing property, two counts of failing to disclose an estate, and concealing debt under the Insolvency Act after a trial at Southwark Crown Court earlier this year.
Becker, who has resided in the UK since 2012, was scheduled to serve half of his sentence behind bars but was freed on Thursday morning. He will now board a flight to Germany to be deported.
After reportedly being held at Category B Wandsworth Prison in south-west London, he is believed to have been transferred to a lower security prison for foreign criminals awaiting deportation in May, Category C Huntercombe Prison near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.
The six-time Grand Slam champion, who was given a custodial sentence of more than 12 months and is from another country and does not hold British citizenship, was eligible for automatic deportation.
The case was centered on the six-time Grand Slam champion’s inability to repay a£ 3 million loan secured by his opulent Mallorca estate in June 2017.
The court learned that Becker had failed to disclose his ownership of a£ 1 million home in Leimen despite declaring bankruptcy. In addition, he concealed£ 75,000 worth of tech company shares and a£ 1.1 million bank loan from creditors. He also made£ 390,000 in payments to nine other people from his business account.
Becker allegedly “used his advisors like a shield” and “showed little to no interest in engaging” in the bankruptcy proceedings, according to Judge Deborah Taylor at the time.
In his defense, Becker claimed that his$ 38 million in career earnings had been consumed by his expensive 2001 divorce from his first wife, child maintenance costs, and the need to maintain his opulent lifestyle.
Becker was required to disclose his assets after being declared bankrupt so that trustees could distribute the money. The court learned that only£ 3.1 million had been recovered at the time despite owing creditors up to£ 50 million.