Tennis legend Becker out of prison, returns to Germany

London –

German tennis legend Boris Becker has returned to Germany after serving an eight-month prison sentence in Britain, his lawyer said on Thursday.

The 55-year-old German, who has lived in Britain since 2012, was released on Thursday morning and returned to Germany shortly thereafter.

Becker “has therefore served his sentence without any penalty in Germany,” his lawyer Christian-Oliver Moser said in a statement. He gave no further details about Becker’s location in Germany.

The three-time Wimbledon champion was jailed for 30 months in April for illegally transferring large sums of money and hidden assets after declaring bankruptcy. Normally, he would have to serve half of his sentence to be eligible for release, but he was released early under the expedited deportation program for aliens.

He was convicted by Southwark Crown Court in London under the Bankruptcy Act on four counts of transferring property, concealing debts and two counts of failing to disclose property.

In 1985, at the age of 17, Becker shot to fame when he became the first unseeded player to win the singles title at Wimbledon.

The former world number one declared bankruptcy in June 2017.

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