Former German tennis star, Boris Becker’s trophies and personal souvenirs would be auctioned online from Monday by British firm Wyles Hardy to partially clear the bankrupt champion’s debts.
Becker is the youngest winner in Wimbledon’s history, who claimed the first of three titles aged just 17. He is forced to auction off 82 items including medals, cups, watches and photographs. The sale will end on July 11, Wyles Hardy put up on its website.
Some of the trophies up for grabs include a replica of a Challenge Cup awarded to Becker following one of his Wimbledon wins, and the three-quarter size replica of the Renshaw Cup presented after he became the youngest ever Grand Slam singles champion.
His Wimbledon finalist medal from 1990, when he was beaten by Swede Stefan Edberg, and a replica of the US Open silver cup made by jeweller Tiffany for his 1989 victory over Ivan Lendl, will also be included in the sale.
The 51 year old tennis legend was declared bankrupt in 2017. In June 2018, he claimed he had diplomatic status and therefore immunity, thus stopping the sale of his trophies and personal souvenirs at the last minute.
The former world number one claimed that he had been appointed by the President of the Central African Republic as a sporting, cultural and humanitarian “attache” to the European Union.
But the Central African Ministry of Foreign Affairs replied that the passport brandished by Becker was a fake one, coming from a batch of “blank passports stolen in 2014”.
In December last year, Becker finally by waived his right to immunity in a London court specialising in insolvency cases, leading the auction house to put the trophies back on the market. However, the sales will not be enough to cover debts valued at millions of pounds.
He also has plenty of cases in Spanish courts over unpaid salaries for work carried out on his villa. He was also fined by courts in Switzerland and Germany over unpaid taxes crossing over 1.7 million euros.
During his career Becker won 49 titles and more than 20 million euros in prize money during his career. He now is active in tennis, but off the courts in capacity as commentating.
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