Otago Daily Times

Becker denies charges


Tennis: German tennis great Boris Becker pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges that he had failed to hand over his grand slam trophies in order to settle his debts, the Press Associatio­n reported.

The former tennis player, who was declared bankrupt in June 2017, is also accused of not complying with an obligation to disclose informatio­n.

Becker (52) pleaded not guilty to all the charges brought by the Insolvency Service when he made a 45minute appearance at Southwark Crown Court in London, the report said.

A 28count indictment includes failing to hand over a silver trophy from his maiden Wimbledon triumph in 1985 when he became the youngest men’s champion at the All England Club at the age of 17.

Sixtime grand slam winner Becker is also accused of concealing the 1989 Wimbledon trophy and his Australian Open trophies from 1991 and 1996.

He was told his trial would be listed to take place in September 2021. — Reuters

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