Boris Becker transferred to another prison, with smoother regime

Boris Becker has been transferred to another prison in Britain. For the first few weeks of his prison sentence for bankruptcy fraud, the 54-year-old former top tennis player served at Wandsworth Prison in London. That complex is known to be overcrowded, with a lot of violence from prisoners among themselves and poor sanitary conditions.

Becker was today transferred to the Huntercombe cell complex, in Nuffield, 70 kilometres west of London, his lawyer confirmed to German media. Huntercombe prison is known for not being too strict. There are mostly men from outside Britain.

The prison offers space for around 480 detainees. Some are alone in a cell, but there are also cells for multiple prisoners. Whether Becker has a cell alone, or needs to share one, is unknown.

150 million euro

Becker was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison late last month for bankruptcy fraud. Half of the sentence is conditional. In 2017, Boris Becker was declared bankrupt, but he withheld part of his assets from the trustee.

Becker once had a net worth of 150 million euros, but also spent a huge amount of money. After he stopped playing tennis, he led a turbulent life, including financially. A lot of money went into arrangements with his ex-wives and the maintenance of his children.

Boris Becker was the youngest Wimbledon winner ever in 1985 at 17 years old. After that, he won five more grand slam titles. In total, Becker won 49 tournaments in his 16-year career.