BORIS Becker today denied hiding homes in Chelsea and Germany along with £1.2million cash and 75,000 shares.
The German tennis star, 52, was told he could face seven years in jail as he appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court this morning.
The Grand Slam winner, who wore a black face mask and matching cap as he arrived in court, last year faced civil claims that he failed to fully disclose his estate to trustees after being declared bankrupt in 2017.
He had a flat in Chelsea as well as two properties in Germany which went undeclared between June and October 2017 and is said to have concealed a debt worth £754,190.
He has also been accused of not disclosing a £620,000 debt and bank accounts holding £1.2million as well as his stake of 75 shares in AI firm Breaking Data Corp.
Becker appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today smartly dressed in a black suit and burgundy tie and denied 19 charges relating to the alleged concealment.
His lawyer Jonathan Caplan, QC, asked for his address not to be disclosed, to which Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot replied: “Every well known celebrity who’s gone through here has to do it.
“You have to argue it properly if you want to do that.”
Mr Caplan described his client as an “international celebrity” and said: “These charges will be vigorously contested.
“All the Grand Slam championships mean he travels frequently.”
The court heard Becker plans to fly to Munich next week and has been staying at a luxury penthouse in London.
He denied seven charges of concealing property, four counts of omitting statements, two counts of removing property required by the receiver, five counts of failing to disclose details of his estate and one count of concealing debt.
Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot conditionally bailed Becker to next appear at London’s Southwark Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on October 22.
It is then that a trial date is likely to be set.
Becker won six tennis majors including three Wimbledon titles during his career.