Tennis world No 1 Boris Becker has been released from prison, facing deportation from the UK

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Boris Becker was the world’s No. 1 men’s tennis player has been released from prison after serving eight months of his two-and-a-half-year sentence, his lawyer confirmed Thursday. Becker, a German who has lived in Britain since 2012, is now facing deportation from the United Kingdom.

In April, Becker was convicted of illegally transferring large amounts of money and concealing assets after declaring bankruptcy in 2017. He was already convicted of tax evasion in Germany in 2002, which resulted in a suspended prison sentence.

“Any foreign national who is convicted of a crime and sentenced to prison is considered for deportation as soon as possible,” the Home Office said in a statement, although they did not comment on just like Becker’s case, as reported by Reuters.

Becker’s lawyer, Christian-Oliver Moser, said in a statement published by CNN that the former tennis star “has served his sentence and is not subject to penal restrictions in Germany.” former star athlete has denied all the charges and said he had cooperated with the bankruptcy proceedings – even offering his wedding ring, according to Reuters.

The 55-year-old had a successful tennis career that included six Grand Slam titles: three Wimbledon Championships, two Australian Open titles and one US Open title. One of his Wimbledon titles came when he was only 17 years old, making him the youngest champion in the tournament’s history. He is also known for his success on the sidelines, as he coached tennis star Novak Djokovic for three years.

Although his time in prison was short, Becker tried to be productive by working as a classroom assistant, teaching PE theory as well as the benefits of exercise and diet, according to German newspaper Bild. He even taught 45 inmates a special form of yoga and meditation, according to a photo.

According to CBS News, Becker’s 87-year-old mother, Elvira, told a friend that her son’s release was “the best Christmas present I could have hoped for.”

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