This was reported by the British daily newspaper “Sun”. “Becker is very confident that he will be back in Germany by Christmas. He thinks he’ll be out there on probation at Christmas, the legal system there is much more lenient,” an insider is quoted as saying.
The three-time Wimbledon winner was supposed to serve 2.5 years in Hountercombe prison in Nuffield, around 70 kilometers west of London. Becker’s new plan: a transfer to a German prison, where he could serve the rest of his sentence on probation – that would set him free again!
But is that even possible? According to the UK Home Office, “Any alien accused of a crime and serving a prison sentence may be considered for deportation at the earliest opportunity”. The prerequisite for this: exemplary behavior in prison.
The former tennis star was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison at the end of April for failing to properly declare assets worth millions to the British authorities in his bankruptcy proceedings and for failing to hand over trophies. He is also said to have kept several properties and accounts secret from the insolvency administrator.