Tennis great Boris Becker was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison on Friday for bankruptcy violations.
The court found Becker, 54, guilty of illegally transferring large amounts of money and hiding assets after being declared bankrupt.
Judge Deborah Taylor declared Becker guilty after hearing arguments from the prosecution and defense.
Taylor said the prosecution sufficiently proved that the three-time Wimbledon champion transferred hundreds of thousands of pounds (dollars) after his June 2017 bankruptcy from his business account to other accounts.
Aided by his lawyer, the six-time Grand Slam champion has denied all the charges, saying he had cooperated with trustees tasked with securing his assets — even offering up his wedding ring — and had acted on expert advice.
Based on court records, Becker’s bankruptcy stemmed from a 4.6 million euro ($5 million) loan from a private bank in 2013 and about $1.6 million borrowed from a British businessman the year after.