Boris Becker could be kicked out of the UK after serving his prison sentence. The fallen tennis ace has lived in Britain since 2012 but does not have British citizenship
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Fallen tennis ace Boris Becker could be booted out of the UK after serving his prison sentence.
The German, jailed for bankruptcy fraud, has lived in Britain since 2012 but will be considered for deportation as he does not have British citizenship.
Foreigners killed to more than 12 months in prison could be kicked out of the UK as their expulsion “is deemed to be conducive to the public good”.
A source said: “Boris always said he would get citizenship but never did.
“Criminals from overseas can be deported if their sentence is serious enough. Boris is likely to be considered.”
In 2015, Becker, 54, said he enjoyed living in West London and was going to apply for British citizenship.
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The dad-of-four told the BBC he and his family “love Wimbledon a lot, people treat us with respect”.
But it is believed he never made the application and is not “naturalised” in the UK.
The Home Office said: “Any foreign national who is convicted of a crime and given a prison sentence is considered for deportation at the earliest opportunity”. Becker won six Grand Slams including his 1985 Wimbledon title aged 17. He also won the event in 1986 and 1989.
Last week, he was sent to HMP Wandsworth for two-and-half-years. It is thought he will serve half that term.
Becker’s estranged wife Lilly, 45, this week revealed she had to tell their son, Amadeus, 12, his “papa didn’t listen to the law and he’s on the naughty step.”
The star, who attended the trial with partner Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro, hid more than £2.5million in cash, shares and property when made bankrupt in 2017. The BBC pundit claimed his £38m tennis earnings had been swallowed up by a divorce and “ expensive lifestyle commitments.”
After going bankrupt over an unpaid £3m loan in 2017, Southwark crown court heard he should have declared all assets to independent trustees who would distribute them to creditors.
However, he had almost £1m in a business account that he used as a “piggy bank” for personal expenses.
Juors heard he quickly transferred more than £350,000 to nine recipients.
He also failed to declare a £1m property in his home town of Leimen, a £700,000 loan and £600,000 in shares.