LONDON, United Kingdom – Former German tennis champion Boris Becker said during his bankruptcy trial in a London court on Thursday that he does not know where the Wimbledon tournament trophies he won are.
The six-time Grand Slam winner is facing 24 bankruptcy-related charges related to a 3.5 million euro loan from a private bank, Arbuthnot Latham.
He is particularly criticized for not awarding nine trophies and medals to his creditors from his illustrious record on the professional circuit.
The 54-year-old former world number 1 assured a court in Southwark, London that he would return his trophies “tomorrow” if he knew where they were.
He won his first Grand Slam on the grass of Wimbledon in 1985 at the age of only 17.
The German said he still has “many” of the awards and memories he has accumulated over the 15 years on the circuit, but some have disappeared.
“What matters to the players is victory,” he said. Trophies don’t represent that much when you play,” he assured to explain the loss of these items.
“Today I want them to show my kids,” he continued.
Nine accolades creditors would love to receive two of their three Wimbledon Cups, two Australian Open trophies and their gold medal at the 1992 Olympics.
The former player also pointed out that the replica trophies that players carry are much smaller than the trophies presented on the tennis court at the end of the match.
Baker has previously auctioned off some of his prizes for 700,000 pounds (840,000 euros) to pay off some of his debts and is trying to get his hands on the missing.
Major tennis associations or museums have been contacted, but they admitted that “they can’t find any better today”.
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