At the height of his career, tennis champion Boris Becker had six Grand Slam titles, three Wimbledon titles, a treasure chest full of prizes and a fortune of $68 million in prize money and endorsement deals.
He has now been sentenced to two and a half years in prison after the 54-year-old was found guilty of four bankruptcy counts related to his 2017 bankruptcy.
He has been accused of hiding millions of dollars in assets, including two Wimbledon trophies, to avoid paying his debts, The Sun reports.
After his sentence, the story of how he lost his fortune was revealed.
The secret of addiction is because the stress has become too much
Born in West Germany, Becker rose to fame at the age of 17, when he became the youngest men’s singles champion at Wimbledon in 1985.
From there, the only path seemed to be for the teenage tennis champ.
Two more Wimbledon titles followed in 1986 and 1989, as well as the US Open in 1989 and the Australian Open in 1991 and 1996.
However, despite his obvious talent, Becker’s behavior sometimes caught attention and he had several tantrums on the court.
In 1987, he lost his temper at the Australian Open, spat at the referee and broke his racket.
Speaking at the time, Becker said: “I couldn’t serve up or go back and all of a sudden I started losing my temper.
Then I got bad calls. It totally drove me crazy.”
In the face of pressure, he became addicted to sleeping pills, which later led to a fight with alcohol as he drank whiskey to “strengthen” the effects.
“I wanted to get back on top, to win again, and that could be achieved at any cost,” he wrote in his autobiography.
Wild love life is out of control
Off the field, it was Becker’s wild love life that really grabbed the headlines.
And despite her fame and talent, her popularity with the opposite sex seemed to completely surprise the star.
When asked once why women seem to find him attractive, Becker replied, “I have no idea.
“I am not particularly wealthy, not particularly beautiful, I am not Adonis, and my masculinity is not so great.”
The date in the broom closet ended the relationship
Despite this admission, he married his first wife, Barbara, in 1993, and they have two sons, Noah, 28, and Elias, now 22.
However, Baker’s famous date in 2009 with Russian model and waitress Angela Ermokova, who was rumored to be in a broom closet at London’s Nobu restaurant, shed light on his love life.
Writing in her autobiography of the One Night Stand, she said, “[Angela] left her table to go to the bathroom.
“I followed it up with a short five-minute conversation and then immediately got as close as possible and got to work.”
The ‘blink and miss’ adventure leads to Baker’s daughter Angela, who faxes him eight months later to tell him the news.
Even worse, his wife Barbara was pregnant at the time, and it was no surprise that she demanded a separation.
$3.5 million love divorce and an expensive divorce
It turned out to be an expensive five minutes of crazy for Baker.
Angela filed a paternity suit for her daughter Anna, now 22 and a model, which cost her $3.5 million.
Meanwhile, Barbara’s subsequent divorce cost $20 million in cash, as well as her family’s main Miami home, and another $3.5 million in legal fees.
However, despite the financial implications, Baker later revealed that he did not regret the event itself, as it resulted in the birth of his only daughter.
Speaking to Radio Times magazine, he said, “My daughter Anna is one of the best things in my life…I am very proud of my daughter.”
Because of this experience, Becker met Dutch model Charlie Becker-Kirsenberg, better known as Lily, in 2005 in Miami.
The couple married in the summer of 2009 in Switzerland before having a son, Amadeus, the following year.
However, they separated in 2018 after Baker filed for bankruptcy, which caused a change in her mood that Lily found difficult to come to terms with.
How Baker reached the breaking point of financial ruin
This wasn’t the first time Baker had had trouble with the law over his finances. Over the years, he has also had a number of failed business ventures.
In 2001, he was charged with tax evasion after he allegedly resided in Munich while claiming Monaco as his main home. A year later, he was convicted, sentenced to two years in prison, and ordered to pay three million euros in back taxes and interest.
Although Becker was worth $68 million at one point, Becker filed for bankruptcy on June 21, 2017 due to an unpaid loan of more than £3 million on his property in Mallorca, Spain.
Now, he was convicted of fraud.
He was legally forced to reveal all of his assets after declaring bankruptcy, but instead hid a Wimbledon prize, Chelsea’s apartment and $3 million.
He told a jury how his career earnings were swallowed up by a costly divorce from his first wife Barbara, child support payments, and “exorbitant lifestyle obligations.”
The court was told how the BBC commentator got 1.13 million euros (£950,000) from the sale of a Mercedes car dealer he owned in Germany, which was put into a business account used as his ‘piggy bank’ for personal expenses.
Expensive lifestyle commitments
Despite the financial problems, Baker seems to have gotten used to the finer things in life even after his athletic career ended.
Christian Schumers, who co-wrote Baker’s 2013 biography Life Is Not A Game, said earlier: “He still lives on the same level he had as an active professional tennis player when the millions were pouring in.
“From expensive rentals or vacations in Ibiza, even though he has a house in Mallorca, to expensive meals, cigars and whiskey, on top of that, he is very generous.
“I never came to a dinner where there were several people who didn’t pay for it.”
Sadly, he appears to be paying in other ways as well, with a lengthy prison sentence.