Boris Becker declared bankrupt in London
Three-time Wimbledon champion told he ‘has his head in the sand’ by court registrar
File image of Boris Becker at the Australian Open in Melbourne in 2014. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters
Lawyers for the tennis player pleaded with a Bankruptcy Court registrar in London on Wednesday for “a last chance” to pay a long-standing debt.
But registrar Christine Derrett, who recalled watching him play at Wimbledon, said it was “with regret” that she had concluded there was a lack of credible evidence that his “substantial” debt would be paid soon and she refused to adjourn the case for a further 28 days.
She announced after a brief hearing: “I make this bankruptcy order at 11.23am.”
She said of Becker: “One has the impression of a man with his head in the sand.”
The bankruptcy application was made by private bankers Arbuthnot Latham & Co in connection with a judgment debt owed to them by Becker dating as far back as 2015.
The 49-year-old German’s lawyers had argued there was sufficient evidence to show that the tennis star would be able to pay the debt soon through a refinancing arrangement involving remortgaging a property in Majorca, which was expected to raise €6 million.