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Tennis star Boris Becker ‘offered a wedding ring as he tried to pay off his debts,’ lawsuit says

Tennis star Boris Becker offered his wedding ring as he tried to pay off his debts, a court has heard.

The six-time Grand Slam champion, 54, also wanted to sell his €10m (about £8.3m) estate to Mallorca in a bid to undo his bankruptcy, a jury has heard.

Former world number one Becker is accused of hiding or failing to hand over assets, including nine trophies and medals from his career, including two of his three men’s singles titles at Wimbledon and his Olympic gold medal from 1992.

The German national was declared bankrupt on June 21, 2017, owing private bank Arbuthnot Latham more than £3million for a loan on the Balearic island property known as Finca.

Southwark Crown Court heard on Wednesday Becker was questioned at his home in Wimbledon on July 11, 2017 by Michael Bint, an assistant receiver for the Insolvency Service.

Mr Bint agreed with Becker’s solicitor, Jonathan Laidlaw QC, that the commentator “was cooperative” during the hour-long conversation conducted under rushed circumstances because he was working for the BBC at the nearby tennis tournament.

Boris Becker arriving at Southwark Crown Court with his partner Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro on Monday

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“He offered to let you tour the house at Wimbledon to see what was there, he offered you an expensive wedding ring,” Mr Laidlaw said.

“His overriding concern was to seek the annulment of the bankruptcy, to pay the debt, through the sale of the Finca, to Arbuthnot Latham.”

The court heard that Becker was interrupted about 20 times by his adviser, who spoke of “work in progress” or “ongoing investigations” on at least 14 occasions.

And Mr Bint admitted he failed to get Becker to sign a preliminary information questionnaire (PIQB) document – ​​the only time he has done so in hundreds of cases since 2007.

“Mr Becker simply had to run away to go to Wimbledon,” he said. “Normally I would ask for a signed copy.”

As well as failing to gift memorabilia, including Becker’s 1991 and 1996 Australian Open trophies and his Davis Cup trophy and gold coin, he also allegedly hid $1.13 million. euros from the sale of a Mercedes car dealership he owned in Germany.

The money was allegedly paid into his Boris Becker Private Office Ltd (BBPOL) business account.

Becker with Andre Agassi at the 1991 French Open

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Jurors heard it was used as his own ‘piggy bank’ to pay for personal expenses, such as his children’s school fees, and for shopping at luxury London department store Harrods, the online grocer Ocado and designer clothing retailer Ralph Lauren.

Becker allegedly transferred hundreds of thousands of pounds to other accounts, including those of his ex-wife Barbara Becker and ex-wife Sharlely “Lilly” Becker.

He also allegedly failed to declare two German properties, as well as his interest in a £2.25million flat in Chelsea, west London, occupied by his daughter Anna Ermakova, and concealed a £825 bank loan. 000 €.

Becker, who won 49 singles titles in 77 finals during his 16 years as a professional tennis player, is supported on court by partner Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro.

He denies 24 offenses under the insolvency law, including nine counts of failure to present trophies and other awards, seven of concealment of property, five of non-disclosure of estate, two of displacement of property and one of concealment of debts.

The court heard he had a previous conviction for tax evasion and attempted tax evasion in Germany in 2002 after living in the country while officially a resident of Monaco.

The trial continues.