Boris Becker says he was ‘nobody’ in prison as he broke his silence after his release

Tennis star Boris Becker said he was “nobody” at a London prison, where he served eight months for bankruptcy-related offenses before being deported to his native Germany. last week.

In his first interview since his release, Becker told German TV station Sat.1 that he was not known by his name in prison but was instead “just a number”, adding: “They don’t know who you are.”

The athlete said it was a “very expensive” lesson, in which he claimed to have “rediscovered humanity”. [he] used to”.

“I learned a hard lesson. A very expensive one. A very painful thing. But the whole thing taught me something very important and worthwhile. And some things happen for a good reason, he said.

The 55-year-old was jailed for two and a half years in April for concealing £2.5m worth of assets and loans to avoid repayment. Becker was declared bankrupt in June 2017 – while owed almost £50m to creditors – for an outstanding loan of more than £3m against his estate in Majorca.

Having lived in the UK since 2012, Becker was supposed to serve half of his sentence behind bars but was released last Thursday morning and deported.

Speaking of his final hours in prison, Becker said: “I’ve been sitting on the edge of my bed since six in the morning hoping that the cell door would open. They arrived at half past seven, unlocked the door, and asked: Ready? I said: ‘Let’s begin.’ I packed everything already.”

“You are nobody in prison. You are just a number. Mine is A2923EV. I am not called Boris. I am a number. And they don’t know who you are,” Becker said in the interview.

Becker spent the first few weeks of his sentence in Wandsworth prison – just three kilometers from Wimbledon Tennis Club, where he won three times, the first time as an unknown contender. was just 17 years old, in 1985. He was later transferred to Huntercombe prison in Oxfordshire.

In the excerpt published in the tabloid quote, Becker said the food in Wandsworth is very bad and the portions are too small, while the recreational activities are too little. He also said there was a lot of violence.

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After retiring from professional tennis in 1999 after winning six Grand Slams, Becker worked as a coach and commentator for the BBC, and was involved in a variety of poker and investment activities. for celebrities.

During his trial, Becker said payments to a “costly divorce” and debts had swallowed up his career earnings.

Under the terms of his release from prison as a non-British citizen, Becker was barred from visiting the country – where his son still lives – for the next decade, according to guard.

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