Wimbledon champion Boris Becker jailed for 2 1/2 years for bankruptcy

LONDON — Tennis great Boris Becker was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison on Friday for illicitly transferring large amounts of money and hiding assets after he was declared bankrupt.

A three - time Wimbledon champion, he was sentenced earlier this month to four years in prison on four counts under the Bankruptcy Act.

The 54-year-old German was found to have transferred millions of pounds (dollars) from his business account to other accounts after his bankruptcy in June 2017.

A London court has acquitted him of 20 other charges, including charges that he failed to handover two Wimbledon trophies and an Olympic gold medal.

The six-time Grand Slam champion has denied all the charges, saying he had cooperated with trustees tasked with securing his assets

During sentencing hearing, prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley said Becker had acted "deliberately and dishonestly" and that he was "still seeking to blame others."

Becker, he told the court, had suffered "public humiliation" and had no future income prospects.

During the trial, Becker said his $ 50 million of his career income had been swallowed up by payments for "expensive divorce" and debt.

Becker became the first unseeded player to win the Wimbledon singles title in 1985 at the age of 17 and later rose to number one.