Becker was accused of failing to hang over Wimbledon and Australian Open trophies to settle debts
Six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker pleaded not guilty at another hearing on charges of hiding assets.
The 52-year-old tennis champion Boris Becker has been accused of failing to hand over trophies. These cups include the 1985 Wimbledon men’s singles title, which could be sold to settle debts.
The German tennis player, who was declared bankrupt in June 2017, is accused of not complying with obligations to disclose information.
Trophies include his maiden Wimbledon trophy, his 1989 silverware from the tournament, and his Australian Open cups in 1991 and 1996.
Boris Becker pleaded not guilty to all listed counts when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court in London for a 45-minute hearing. The retired sportsmen, wearing a dark grey suit, blue tie and a black face mask, spoke to confirm his name, to enter his pleas, and that he understood that a warrant would be issued for the arrest if he absconded on bail. His trial would be listed to take place in September 2021, until then he will remain free on bail.
Earlier, Becker appeared to take a selfie as he entered the court building, in front of scores of assembled international journalists and photographers.
Defence counsel Jonathan Caplan:
“Becker is determined to face and contest these charges and restore his reputation concerning the allegations made against him.”
The retired tennis player was arraigned on a comprehensive list of charges that took more than 15 minutes to read to the court. They included concealing over £1m held in bank accounts, as well as property both abroad and in the UK.
It is also alleged Becker hid his holding of shares in a firm called Breaking Data Corp.
Boris was released on bail ahead of his trial next year due to last up to four weeks.