Former tennis ace Boris Becker is freed from prison in Britain, returns to Germany

Former tennis player Boris Becker
Former tennis player Boris Becker arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London on April 29.
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German tennis legend and three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has returned to Germany after serving eight months in prison in Britain, his lawyer said Thursday.

The 55-year-old Becker, who had lived in the U.K. since 2012, was released from prison Thursday morning and traveled back to Germany shortly thereafter.

Becker “has thus served his sentence and is not subject to any penal restrictions in Germany,” his lawyer, Christian-Oliver Moser, said in a statement. He did not give additional details about Becker’s whereabouts in Germany.

Becker was sentenced to 2½ years in prison in April for illicitly transferring large amounts of money and hiding assets after he was declared bankrupt. He would normally have had to serve half of his sentence before being eligible for release, but was released early under a fast-track deportation program for foreign nationals.


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He was convicted by London’s Southwark Crown Court on four charges under the Insolvency Act, including removal of property, concealing debt and two counts of failing to disclose estate.

Becker rose to stardom in 1985 at the age of 17 when he became the first unseeded player to win the Wimbledon men’s singles title. Before his imprisonment, he was a regular tennis commentator on British television.

The former world No. 1 was declared bankrupt in June 2017.