Tennis legend Boris Becker has been sentenced to jail for two and a half years after failing to declare assets relating to his 2017 bankruptcy.
The 54-year-old will serve at least half the jail-term after being convicted at Southwark Crown Court in London over transferring money from his business account.
Becker was also charged with offences relating to the concealment of $1.2 million of debt and shares in a tech firm, while also failing to declare a property in Germany.
The six-time Grand Slam champion was also in hot water earlier this month, having been found guilty of four charges under the UK’s Insolvency Act and cleared of 20 other counts.
Becker had denied breaking UK insolvency laws but was revealed after that he had concealed around $4.4 million in assets to avoid paying debts.
Judge Deborah Taylor said the onus was on Becker to disclose all assets, despite his troubled financial past.
“The obligation was on you to disclose these assets but you did not,” she said.
“I take into account your fall from grace. You’ve lost your career, reputation and all your properties.
“You have not shown remorse, acceptance of your guilt and have sought to distance yourself from your offending and your bankruptcy”
Becker’s lawyer Jonathon Laidlaw was pleading with the court, looking for a compassionate ruling.
“Boris Becker has literally nothing and there is nothing to show for what was the most glittering of sporting careers,” he said.
“It is nothing short of a tragedy. His fall is not simply a fall from grace, it is the public humiliation of this man.
“These proceedings have destroyed his career and totally ended any prospect of earning an income.
“His reputation is in tatters. He will have to rely on the charity of others.”
Becker had forged an incredible reputation on the tennis court, winning six Grand Slams over his playing career that spanned from 16 years from 1983-1999.
More recently, the former star coached world no.1 Novak Djokovic, during the 2013-2016 seasons, helping him to seven Grand Slams in that time.