Boris Becker accused of hiding tennis trophies during trial

LONDON (AP) – Former tennis champion Boris Becker was on trial Monday in London for allegedly hiding property – including nine trophies – from trustees and evading his obligation to disclose financial information to pay his debts.

Prosecutors said Becker, 54, “acted unfairly” when he hid or failed to hand over assets before and after he was declared bankrupt in June 2017. He is on trial on 24 counts under insolvency laws.

Prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley said the assets include trophies such as the 1985 and 1989 men’s Wimbledon title, his 1991 and 1996 Australian Open trophies and his 1992 Olympic gold medal.

Becker is accused of withholding 1.13 million euros ($1.25 million) from the sale of a Mercedes car dealership he owned in Germany. He also allegedly failed to declare two German properties and concealed a bank loan of 825,000 euros.

Becker, who has been released on bail, denies all charges.

“It is the prosecution’s business … that he has effectively concealed himself from, or made himself unavailable to, those responsible for identifying the assets in various ways,” Chaulkley said. “The plaintiff alleges that Mr. Becker did this both before and after the date of his bankruptcy agreement by failing to disclose, provide, deliver or dispose of assets or things of value.”

Becker was in the dock next to a German translator on Monday. The former No. 1 and six-time Grand Slam champion of the world collected 49 singles titles from 77 finals during his 16 years as a professional tennis player.

The process is expected to take several weeks.

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