Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has denied intentionally deceiving the authorities about the whereabouts of his tennis trophies.
Prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley had accused the 54-year-old at his trial of “leading tax officials around by the nose” when he claimed to know nothing about the location of many trophies. That claim was “not correct”, Becker said on Monday.
Is Becker missing trophies?
Becker had previously stated that he was missing “many” of his trophies. This was hardly conceivable, Chalkley countered at London’s Southwark Crown Court.
The trophies that Becker is alleged to have failed to hand over as agreed after his 2017 bankruptcy include those for two of his three Wimbledon singles titles, as well as his 1992 Olympic doubles gold and Australian Open winning pieces from 1991 and 1996.
Becker, whose sporting career included winning six Grand Slam tournaments, is accused of a lack of cooperation in his insolvency proceedings. If convicted, the Londoner-by-choice faces up to seven years in prison. He rejects the accusations.