Boris Becker has been serving his two-and-a-half-year sentence in London since the end of April. The former German champion had been accused of bankruptcy by the London Bankruptcy Court, due to a heavy debt of around 6 million dollars that he was no longer able to pay.
The case involved a debt contracted years ago by Becker to the private bank Arbuthnot Latham & Co and other lenders. Attempts to pay off the debt by mortgaging various real estate properties, in particular one in Mallorca, proved useless.
Becker was unable to pay the repayment plan installments to the lenders, who obviously decided to sue him. After a lengthy trial, the Southwark judge finally decided to put Becker in prison for 30 months. The German will serve half the sentence in prison and the remaining period of detention under a semi-liberty regime.
Boris Becker's mother: "I can't visit him in prison"
Elvira Pisch, mother of Boris Becker, revealed that she had only allowed him to call her son once from the day of his arrest. "I can no longer fly to Boris.
I can't visit him in prison. This makes me very sad but it is inevitable. I have sustained a fractured femur and need crutches or a walker to be able to walk. Boris only called me once. It was Mother's Day in Germany. She told me things are going well and I don't have to worry about him."
During the Wimbledon tournament, John McEnroe wanted to send a message to Becker on the BBC microphones: "Boris, we love you. We all miss you, friend." Novak Djokovic, who has been coached by Becker for about three years, also showed support for his family: "I consider Boris a member of my family; he is a person I have always respected.
We have shared many incredible moments. It breaks my heart to see what's going on, I can't imagine how hard it must be for his family. "