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Becker denies deception about whereabouts of his trophies

Boris Becker has denied accusations by the London prosecution that he made false statements about some of his trophies. He had stated that he did not know where they were – which the prosecution doubts.

Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has denied deliberately deceiving authorities about the whereabouts of his tennis trophies. Prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley had accused the 54-year-old at his trial of “leading tax officials around by the nose” when he claimed to know nothing about the location of many trophies. This claim was “not correct”, Becker said on Monday.

Becker had previously stated that he was missing “many” of his trophies. This was hardly conceivable, Chalkley countered at London’s Southwark Crown Court.

The trophies that Becker is alleged to have failed to hand over as agreed after his 2017 bankruptcy include those for two of his three Wimbledon singles titles, as well as his 1992 Olympic doubles gold and Australian Open winning pieces from 1991 and 1996.

Becker, whose sporting career included winning six Grand Slam tournaments, is accused of a lack of cooperation in his insolvency proceedings. If convicted, the Londoner-by-choice faces up to seven years in prison. He rejects the accusations.

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