Betrayal, divorce, millions and… punishment. The perverted life of a sports legend

  • He became one of the most famous tennis players in the world. He became the youngest winner of the Grand Slam tournament, and then it went downhill
  • His private life is material for a beautiful film. He cheated on his wife when she was pregnant. He would not confess to his illegitimate daughter
  • His tax irregularities have recently come to light. He was brought to trial and the verdict was crushing for him. Boris Becker goes to jail
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A good film could be made about the life of Boris Becker. He triumphed at Wimbledon at just 17 years old. He made millions on the field, which he later lost. Over the years, he led a lavish social life. He’s had countless relationships, two marriages, two divorces… He also had four children. With three different women.

Boris Becker was born on October 22, 1967 in Leimen, Germany. His father, Karl-Heinz, established a tennis center in their hometown, and it was there that Boris learned to play. The athlete once confessed that his parents thought he would not take tennis seriously.

“My parents’ plan was to go to college, get a decent degree, and learn something respectable. The last thing on everyone’s mind was that I was going to be a professional tennis player, he said in an interview.

In 1985, he became the first German tennis player in history to win Wimbledon. In the final, he defeated Kevin Curren and became the youngest winner of the Grand Slam tournament for several years (he was 17 years and 227 days old on the day of the final). His record in 1989 was broken by Michael Chang, who triumphed at the French Open at the age of 17 and 110 days.

Boris Becker after winning Wimbledon for the first timeBoris Becker after winning Wimbledon for the first time – Steve Powell / Getty Images

In total, Boris Becker has six Grand Slam titles to his name. He was victorious at Wimbledon, except in 1985, in 1986 and 1989. He won the Australian Open twice (1991 and 1996) and once the US Open (1989). In January 1991, he was in first place in the world ranking of tennis players. In 1992 he won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona together with Michael Stich. During his career, Becker has won a total of 49 singles and 15 doubles tournaments.

After the end of his sports career, Becker took up commenting on matches, as well as playing poker. For three years he coached Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, who won six Grand Slam titles under his care. At the end of 2016, they parted ways.

Boris Becker has dated many women in his life. He was first on the wedding carpet in December 1993, and his wife was Barbara Feltus, with whom he had sons Noah and Elias.

The couple broke up in mid-2000, and in January 2001 the court pronounced the divorce. Feltus decided to divorce because her husband was not faithful to her. The tennis player had to pay his wife more than $ 14 million. and left her Florida apartment, the court also awarded the woman custody of the children.

Barbara Feltus and Boris BeckerBarbara Feltus and Boris Becker – Clive Brunskill/Staff/Getty Images

Boris Becker cheated on his wife when she was expecting their second son. Russian Angela Ermakova, with whom the tennis player betrayed, became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter, Anna. At first, the athlete denied being the girl’s father, but later changed his mind. In addition, DNA tests confirmed paternity. Today, the tennis player’s daughter is engaged in modeling.

After divorcing his first wife, Becker dated several women, including rapper Sabrina Setlur, as well as Patrice Farameh and Caroline Rocher.

In 2009 he married for the second time. This time he married the model Sharlely “Lilly” Kerssenberg, with whom he welcomed the son of Amadeus Benedict Edley Luis in 2010. The German’s second marriage also did not survive. The couple divorced in 2018. Last year, rumors surfaced that Becker was dating the much younger Layla Powell.

In 2004, a biography of a tennis player was published, entitled “Boris Becker – The Player”. The German admitted that he struggled with an alcohol and drug addiction.

For tax fraud of more than 1.5 million euros in 2002, a Munich court sentenced a tennis player to two years’ suspended prison terms and a fine of 300,000. euros. He was also instructed to donate 200,000. euros for charitable organizations. A few years later it turned out that he also had a financial arrears with the French tax authorities and had to pay 500,000. hole.

Boris Becker nowBoris Becker currently – Karwai Tang / Contributor / Getty Images

Becker made more than $25 million in court, and another million went into his account from sponsorship and advertising contracts. However, the athlete could not reasonably manage his fortune and lost what he earned, even incurring millions in debt. In June 2017, a British court declared him bankrupt. In 2019, a German sold more than 80 sports memorabilia at an auction in London. Interestingly, last year it was revealed that Becker had hidden £4.5 million in assets and deals, extending his bankruptcy restrictions until 2031.

Justice had caught up with him. On Friday, April 29, he was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. Becker was found guilty in four of the 24 cases in the bankruptcy process in early April. It is now known that he will certainly not escape a period of imprisonment.

“King of Twitter” – Łukasz Kadziewicz says about him, as well as a living legend of the Polish media. Tomasz Lis – a professional in every way. Despite three strokes, she still focuses on work and physical activity. – Sport is undoubtedly one of the most important things in my life – he admits and testifies to it. He still runs marathons, although today not to break records, but to overcome his own limitations. In the podcast “In the Shadow of Sport” he talks about sports obsessions, unfulfilled dreams, life after a stroke and why he likes… in a hospital.

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