The three-time Wimbledon champion final week sought diplomatic immunity from chapter proceedings in Britain, citing his appointment as a sports activities attache for the CAR in April.
However in a dramatic flip of occasions, the African nation mentioned a diplomatic passport Becker was holding is a faux.
Undeterred, Becker, 50, insisted in a filmed interview in Germany that “it’s a indisputable fact that I’m, right now, a diplomat” of the nation.
The weird case has once more put the highlight on Becker, whose off-court indiscretions has been piling up since he first shot to fame as Germany’s Grand Slam profitable poster boy in 1985, aged simply 17.
The tennis star, who stays the youngest champion at Wimbledon, has over the many years saved tongues wagging not solely along with his aces but in addition a brush closet romp with a mannequin, a tax evasion trial and a string of failed companies.
Earlier than the diplomatic row erupted, information of Becker’s separation from his second spouse, Dutch mannequin Sharlely “Lilly” Kerssenberg, saved the tabloids busy for weeks.
– ‘Broom closet tryst’ –
Becker’s love life was already the topic of headlines again within the 1990s.
He married actress and designer Barbara Feltus in December 1993 and their son Noah Gabriel — named after Becker’s buddies French tennis star Yannick Noah and singer Peter Gabriel — was born a month later.
However he discovered himself on the centre of a media frenzy after it emerged that in his spouse’s second being pregnant he cheated on her within the linen closet of a London lodge.
Because of the tryst, Anna Ermakova was born in March 2000, to the Russian mannequin Angela Ermakova, which led to Becker’s divorce in January 2001 that value him thousands and thousands.
Becker solely recognised Anna as his daughter after an embarrassingly public paternity dispute.
Though “Growth Growth” Becker gained six Grand Slam trophies, amassing greater than $25 million in prize cash, pricey settlements of his varied romantic entanglements helped whittle away that wealth.
A collection of enterprise ventures additionally ended up in failure, together with an web natural meals agency and the Becker Tower in Dubai.
In 2002, Becker, who can be an expert poker participant, was handed a two-year suspended sentence for tax evasion.
He was additionally ordered to pay half 1,000,000 euros for failing to pay multiple million euros in taxes between 1991 and 1993.
– Chapter –
With the monetary troubles piling up, Becker was declared bankrupt by a London courtroom final 12 months.
Searching for to scrap collectively funds to repay his collectors, Becker made a plea in January to trace down 5 lacking Grand Slam trophies — together with all three of his Wimbledon trophies — with the intention of promoting them to lift cash.
Regardless of his varied woes, he endeared himself to the British public as a BBC commentator from 2002 till he gave up his media work in 2013.
He then reinvented himself as Novak Djokovic’s coach, efficiently propelling the Serb to the 2014 title at Wimbledon.
On Thursday, he tweeted an image of himself kneeling at a Christian altar in Poland with the native bishop, with the message “very humbled to have been blessed”.
| Edited by: Madhav Agarwal