German tennis star Boris
Becker, 55, has been freed from a British prison, the government
said, meaning he is now expected to be deported from
“Any foreign national who is convicted of a crime and given a prison sentence is considered for deportation at the earliest opportunity,” the Home Office said in a statement on Thursday while declining to comment directly on Becker’s case.
In April, Becker, a six-times Grand Slam champion, was
jailed for two years and six months by a London court for hiding
hundreds of thousands of pounds of assets after he was declared
Becker was convicted at Southwark Crown Court in London over his transfer of huge amounts of money from his business account, his failure to declare a property in Germany and his concealing of $866,500 of debt and shares in a tech firm.
Becker had previously been convicted of tax evasion in
Germany in 2002, for which he received a suspended prison
The former tennis great had won his first Wimbledon final in
1985 aged 17 becoming the youngest and first unseeded player to
claim the men’s singles title.
He went on to win two more
Becker had denied all the charges in relation to the London court proceedings, saying he had co-operated with the bankruptcy proceedings – even offering up his wedding ring – and had relied on his advisers.