Boris Becker, the three-time Wimbledon champion has been declared bankrupt over a debt outstanding since October 2015. Becker’s lawyers pleaded with the bankruptcy court in London for “a last chance” to pay the longstanding debt. They argued there was sufficient evidence to show that Becker would be able to pay the debt soon through a refinancing arrangement, involving remortgaging a property in Majorca.
However, the judge in the case denied it, saying:
“He should have thought about that a long time ago. 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.”
To add to his financial woes, his blue Maserati- on loan from a sponsorship deal- was taken away from him after he failed to pay the fines he received from numerous parking tickets.
Becker, who is currently working as a television commentator during the Wimbledon championships for the BBC and other outlets, has denied the bankruptcy claims, telling the German press he can meet all of his financial obligations.
Last week he presented the state of his finances to a London bankruptcy administrator in a private meeting, where he reportedly was given a living allowance and ordered to register any income.
Becker, who won six grand slams in the 80’s and 90’s, including three Wimbledon, two Australian Open and one US Open titles has been consistently creating headlines off the tennis court. Co-Author of Becker’s 2013 biography Life Is Not a Game, said his excessive lifestyle had been the one thread of continuity in his life.
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