He is Germany’s most successful tennis professional, winning six Grand Slam titles and bringing tennis closer to generations – first as a player, then as a coach and commentator. Now Boris Becker has to master what may be the most difficult stage of his life. The 54-year-old was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for delaying bankruptcy in London on Friday. The ruling is also a shock to the world of sport. But even though Becker should go to prison, the German Tennis Federation continues to live up to his legend: “Boris Becker has been an integral part of the German tennis family for decades. His accomplishments have been and will remain unique”DTB chief Detloff von Arnim said in a statement sportsBUZZER, the sports portal of the Liberation Network Germany (RND), with.
Becker is a German sports legend on a par with the likes of Franz Beckenbauer and Michael Schumacher. In 1985 he became the youngest player to date to win the legendary Wimbledon Tennis Championships and also made great performances with the German team. “With his outstanding sporting successes, he has achieved great things in tennis both nationally and internationally,” appreciates von Arnim Becker. “As a long-term member of the German Davis Cup team, he led Germany to its first title in 1988, thus writing German tennis history.”
DTB chief Detloff von Arnim after Becker’s conviction: “We stand by him”
Becker, who spent twelve weeks at the top of the tennis world rankings, recently worked as a TV commentator alongside his job. Eurosport English TV also featured in DTB as the “Head of Men’s Tennis” in the competitive and youth sports sector before resigning from the position at the end of 2020 due to time constraints. Becker “has proven to be a huge enrichment and patron of our sport during this time,” praising the DTB chief, who showed his solidarity with Becker after the conviction: “We note the referee with respect and regret, and we wish him all the best in the future. We are on his side,” he added.