German media has reacted to Boris Becker’s two and a half year jail term by putting aim at ‘hard-hitting’ judge for ‘keeping everyone waiting for 30 minutes’.
Tabloid the Bild has said there was ‘no mercy’ shown by the judge as the tennis legend is sentenced for flouting the terms of his bankruptcy by hiding £2.5million worth of assets and loans at a London court.
The sentiment was further echoed by newspaper Bunte who also branded the judge ‘merciless’.
While Handseblatt reflected on how the three-time Wimbledon champion, who regularly gave tennis commentary on the BBC and used to coach Novak Djokovic, now has his career in ‘tatters’.
The German newspaper said London has gone from the place of his ‘greatest victory’ at the age of just 17 to a place of his ‘greatest defeat’.
Becker, 54, was today jailed for two years and six months for flouting the terms of his bankruptcy under being under the Insolvency Act for four offences between June and October 2017.
The Bild said: ‘Hard-hitting judge Deborah Taylor handed down the sentence at Southwark Crown Court in London on Friday afternoon after keeping everyone waiting for 30 minutes.’
While Handelsblatt writes: ‘London has finally become a place of destiny for Becker:
‘He celebrated his greatest victories in the British capital, winning what is probably the most important tennis tournament in the world three times.
‘On the ‘sacred lawn’ of Wimbledon, the 17-year-old Leimener once became a world star.
‘Now the city is inextricably linked to his greatest defeat. He must remain in prison for at least 15 months before being allowed to spend the remainder of his sentence on probation.’
But the country’s media also said for a long time in Germany, he has been looked on with derision.
Handseblatt adds: ‘In his native Germany, Becker has repeatedly become the target of ridicule and malicious joy because of his private stories – in Great Britain , on the other hand, he is still held in high esteem.’
But the President of the German Tennis Association (DTB), Dietloff von Arnim, is still backing his man even before the sentence was announced.
Mr von Arnim said on Friday Becker ‘undeniably had outstanding success’ for German tennis. He added: ‘We stand there, I would say, loyal to our tennis icon.’
German actor Wayne Carpendale also reacted saying: ‘You wouldn’t wish that on anyone.’