Tennis star Boris Becker was declared bankrupt by a London court this week. The multiple grand slam champion had a string of girlfriends but is now settled down with his 'last wife'. Did the lavish lifestyle eventually bring his downfall?
Former German tennis star Boris Becker was declared bankrupt by a London court this week.
Lawyers for the three-time former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker pleaded with a Bankruptcy Court registrar to allow Becker a "last chance" to pay off the debt which dates back to 2015.
"Surprised and disappointed that Arbuthnot Latham chose to bring these proceedings against me," Becker, 49, wrote on Twitter, referring to the bankruptcy application made by private bankers Arbuthnot Latham & Co in connection with a judgment debt owed to them by the six-time major winner.
Becker's lawyer said his client was not likely to benefit from bankruptcy and it could have an adverse effect on his "image".
But the judge responded: "He should have thought about that a long time ago."
The judge said: "It is not often the case that a professional person has a judgment (debt) outstanding against them since October 2015. This is a historic debt.
"One has the impression of a man with his head in the sand."
Boris married Barbara Feltus on 17 December 1993.
On 18 January 1994, their son Noah Gabriel, named after Becker's friends Yannick Noah and Peter Gabriel, was born.
Their second child, Elias Becker was born on 4 September 1999.
The couple got divorced in December 2000 as he admitted to his wife that he had the one night stand with model Angela Ervakova and fathered a child (Anna Ermakova) while Barbara was pregnant with their second child.
Becker's private life imploded after he retired in 1999. There were a string of women, several unknown models and first-time meetings ending up in short term romance which completely submerged him.
In his autobiography Hold On, Stay a While, Becker revealed that he had sex with waitress Angela Ermakova, only hours after his pregnant then wife, Barbara, had gone into hospital with contractions.
Becker wrote, "What drove me out into the night again I don't know. Afterwards, she went back to her friends."
"The following morning I drove to Barbara. We packed our 28 tennis bags and suitcases and left England."
Becker received a letter from Angela eight months later in Munich that he was about to become a father.
Anna Ermakova is the daughter of model Angela Ermakova and Boris Becker. She was born on March 22, 2000. She is model and TV personality in Germany.
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