Three-time Wimbledon tennis champion Boris Becker was declared bankrupt yesterday in London over a debt of more than Rs. 23 crore owed to a private bank.
Becker has been declared bankrupt by a London bankruptcy court. The 49-year-old had a firm of private bankers, however, the court registrar declared that there was not enough credible evidence that he could pay.
The fifth highest on-court earner in tennis history made a huge sum of money as he got his first Wimbledon win at age 17. His deeds off the tennis court put him under a huge debt, facing the chances of having to abandon his defined duties. One of the most discussed has been his brief encounter with a waitress (now a model), Angela Ermokova inside a broom cupboard at a London restaurant, whilst his wife was pregnant and hospitalized.
Angela later gave birth to a daughter, now 17. The paternity suit, and a pay-off, cost the sportsman Rs. 14 crore.
Registrar Miss Christine Derrett revealed that it was “with regret” that she came to the conclusion that he could not pay. “I remember watching him play on Centre Court, which probably shows my age,” she added, as per a report published in BBC.
In a statement, Mr. Becker said he was “surprised and disappointed” that Arbuthnot Latham had chosen to bring the proceedings against him. He said,
This order relates to one disputed loan which I was due to repay in full in one month’s time.
It is disappointing that my request for today’s hearing to be postponed until this time was refused. My earnings are well publicized and it is clear that I have the means to repay this debt. The value of the asset in question far exceeds the debt owed to Arbuthnot Latham.