Boris Becker begins auction of trophies, medals to pay off debts

oris Becker is auctioning his trophies. (Source: File)

German tennis star Boris Becker is auctioning his trophies, replicas as well as medals online to partially clear his debts. The bankrupt champion will open auction from Monday by British firm Wyles Hardy.

Becker, who was the youngest Wimbledon winner at 17, is going to be auctioning 82 items online that includes medals, cups, watches as well as photographs. A replica of a Challenge Cup following his Wimbledon wins, replica of the Renshaw Cup from his Renshaw Cup when he became the youngest ever Grand Slam singles champion will also be up for grabs.

His Wimbledon finalist medal from 1990, when he was beaten by Swede Stefan Edberg, and a replica of the US Open silver cup made by jeweller Tiffany for his 1989 victory over Ivan Lendl, will also be included in the sale.

The 51-year old was declared bankruopt in 2017. This is not the first time that Becker was supposed to auction. He stopped the sale of his prized collection in July 2018, claiming he had diplomatic status and therefore immunity.

The former world number one claimed that he had been appointed by the President of the Central African Republic as a sporting, cultural and humanitarian ‘attache’ to the European Union. The Central African Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, responded by declaring that his passport was a fake one.

The auction is, however, not expected to be enough to clear the debt of millions of pounds that he owesd to the Spanish courts for the work carried out in his villa in Mallorca.

he six-times Grand Slam winner, nicknamed "Boom Boom" Becker for his devastating serve, won 49 titles and more than 20 million euros in prize money during his career. He has now moved to tennis commentary.