Former tennis star Boris Becker has received a lot of condolences from other celebrities after being sentenced to prison. “I’m sorry for Boris,” said the former Football manager Reiner Calmund in the picture. “Boris has survived the toughest matches. I wish him that he will also master this time.”
The German Tennis Association (DTB) wants to continue to stand by the three-time Wimbledon winner: “We take note of the judgment with respect and regret and wish him all the best for the near future,” said Association President Dietloff von Arnim. “Boris Becker has been an integral part of the German tennis family for decades. His merits are and will remain unique,” said von Arnim. “We stand by his side.” Becker has done great things nationally and internationally in tennis.
The German Tennis player Oscar Ottewho reached the semi-finals at the ATP tournament in Munich on Friday, said Becker’s conviction was a pity and sad – “because it’s the tennis legend in Germany and he made tennis Germany tennis Germany with his performance”.
“Boris Becker was everyone’s idol,” said Fashion designer Harald Glööckler the picture. “Regardless of whether you could do something with tennis or not, you dealt with it. It was literally lifted into the sky – and now the fall into infinity.” TV presenter Verona Pooth also wished Becker a lot of strength. “As sad as it is, the judiciary has passed this verdict,” she said. “From a friendly and human point of view, he will always be Boris Becker, our German sports legend, for me.”
The singer also showed sympathy Roberto Blanco. “I’m incredibly sorry as a human being. The verdict really shocks me. For me, Boris remains the great athlete in a sport that I love,” he said in the picture-Newspaper. “He gave us all special moments on the pitch. And what he does privately is a different matter for me.”
Baden-Württemberg Finance Minister Danyal Bayaz (Greens) wrote on Twitter about the Boris Becker case: “Right under the rule of law and consistent”. At the same time he added: “A tragedy in terms of sports history”.
Becker had been sentenced to two and a half years in prison by a court in London for several bankruptcy offences. The 54-year-old must serve half of that before being allowed to spend the rest on parole, Southwark Crown Court Judge Deborah Taylor ruled. Becker was immediately taken into custody on Friday. He now has 28 days to appeal the verdict.
As at every session, the tennis star was accompanied by his partner Lilian De Carvalho Monteiro; the couple held hands as they walked past scores of photographers and cameramen into court. Becker’s eldest son Noah carried a packed travel bag, which was placed with Becker in the glass case in which the accused had to stay. Becker’s daughter Anna Ermakova showed up after the verdict in conversation with the picture– Newspaper stunned. “I’m really in shock that my father has been sentenced to two years and six months,” she said. “I will support him and I will visit him whenever I can. I hope that will help a little bit to get through the time.”