Boris Becker set for court trial after failure to transfer trophies in bid to settle huge debts
After declaring bankruptcy five years ago, Boris Becker will now stand trial in court after failing to hand over his tennis trophies to settle debts of $65 million (£50 million).
Six-time Grand Slam legend Boris Becker declared bankruptcy back in 2017 but has been called to stand trial in Southwark Crown Court.
This comes as a result of him being accused of not having complied with obligations to disclose information and a failure to provide his tennis trophies in an attempt to raise funds to settle his $65 million (£50 million) debts.
Amongst the memorabilia the German great was required to turn over was the 1985 Wimbledon title, as well as the 1991 and 1996 Australian Open trophies. It is understood that the trophies are said to be worth a total of $2.3 million (£1.8 million).
He has also been accused of siphoning hundreds of thousands of pounds by transferring it to accounts belonging to his former wife Barbara Becker and estranged wife Sharlely ‘Lilly’ Becker.
Germany’s greatest ever male player is set to face a three-week-long trial and will be assisted by the use of a translator.
He has been charged with and denies seven counts of concealing property, five charges of failing to disclose details of his estate, two counts of removing property required by the receiver as well as one count of concealing debt.
This comes to a total of 24 different charges, all of which Becker denies.
Should he be found guilty, he could face up to seven years in prison.
The prosecution was brought forward by the Insolvency Service on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng MP.
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