The former tennis star was sentenced Friday to two-and-a-half years in prison for fraud-related charges.
Tennis great Boris Becker will likely work as a gym teacher when he takes up residency in a British prison.
The 54-year-old Wimbledon champ was sentenced Friday to two-and-a-half years in prison for fraud-related charges, including hiding $4 million in assets to avoid paying his debts.
His new home is HMP Wandsworth — just four kilometres from the centre court at Wimbledon — where he arrived Friday after sentencing at a London court earlier in the day.
“Gyms are very popular in prisons — it’s a job a lot of prisoners want,” former prison warden Jerry Petherick told the U.K. Sun, adding, “Becker would be perfect for the role.”
But that’s unlikely to happen any time soon and Becker may only serve 10 months before being released on parole with an electronic tag. Whatever happens, Becker’s new life will not resemble his old one.
— He is expected to be in the “induction wing” for seven to 10 days due to COVID protocols.
— It is likely he won’t be put in the general population for at least six weeks, depending on his behaviour.
— Experts said that because of prison overcrowding it is “highly unlikely” Becker will serve his full sentence. In court, a judge stated he would have to serve at least 15 months.
— HMP Wandsworth in London was built in 1851 and is one of Europe’s oldest and largest prisons. It is said to be infested with rats.
Friends and family of Becker expressed concern over whether he will survive his prison ordeal.
“Will he survive mentally, being in prison for a year and three months? It’s really, really bad!,” his biographer Christian Schommers told the German newspaper Bild.
Added pal Joachim Llambi, a star of the German television series Just Dance: “I find that very sad. He is a legend in Germany. But the court found that something was not as it should have been. Then he has to take responsibility for it.”
But fellow Wimbledon champ Andy Murray said he has little sympathy for Becker.
“I don’t think you should get special treatment because of who you are or what you’ve achieved,” Murray told reporters. “I didn’t really feel particularly emotional about it.”