Boris Becker rules out Wimbledon 2023 return after prison release

Boris Becker has officially ruled out returning to tennis coverage for the 2023 Wimbledon Championships after his release from prison.

Three-time Wimbledon champion Becker, who is also a former world No.1, was handed a two-and-a-half year prison sentence last year after failing to declare £2.5 million worth of assets to avoid paying debts.

Becker has since been released and deported to Germany having served eight months in the UK and has revealed how other inmates threatened to kill him.

Becker has now given his first UK television interview since his release, with the 55-year-old German quizzed on ITV show This Morning.

He has regularly appeared as a Wimbledon pundit for the BBC and despite returning to work at Eurosport for the 2023 Australian Open, he will not feature at this year’s Championships.

‘I miss London, it is my favourite city in the world,’ Becker said on Tuesday.

‘I’ve been there for a long time. I’m going to miss Wimbledon this year. I have to take my time before I will be coming back.’

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Becker, who was speaking on a live stream from Dubai, also said that he feels his ‘sporting history’ helped him ‘survive prison’.

‘You’re famous, everyone knows who you are,’ Becker said about his time locked away. ‘It can play against you. Thankfully they liked my personality.

‘The only thing you have is your character and your personality. That’s your currency. If they think you have money, you have a problem anyway, so that wasn’t a problem with me!

‘They liked tennis, they liked what I did. Tennis fans. My sporting history has helped me survive prison.’

Becker allegedly sparked outrage among his prison inmates when he was handed a job in jail, teaching sports science as a classroom assistant.

He also claimed that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp attempted to visit him in prison.

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