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Becker failed to hand over tennis trophies to settle debts, court told


Boris Becker has been accused of failing to hand over trophies — including the 1985 Wimbledon men’s singles title which catapulted the 17-year-old to stardom — so they could be sold to settle his debts.

The 52-year-old German, who was declared bankrupt in June 2017, is accused of not complying with obligations to disclose information about his finances, property and business interests.

Trophies listed on a new 28-count indictment include his maiden Wimbledon trophy, his 1989 silverware from the same tournament and his Australian Open trophies in 1991 and 1996.


The list of charges he faces took more than 15 minutes to read out when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court this morning.

The former world No1 pleaded not guilty to all counts.

Becker spoke to confirm his name, enter his pleas and to confirm that he understood that a warrant would be issued for his arrest if he absconded on bail. His trial is due to take place in September 2021.

Prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley said Becker, who lives in London, may face further charges at a later date.


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