In prison, Boris Becker engaged in various activities with other inmates, and rediscovered himself. The champion revealed that inside the structure he was never called by name. Becker spoke for the first time about his experience, which lasted more than 7 months, at the Huntercombe penitentiary in Oxfordshire.
Becker told: "In prison you are nobody. You are just a number. Mine was A2923EV. My name was not Boris, I was really just a number. And nobody gives a fuck who you are. I think I have rediscovered the human in me, the person I once was.
I learned a hard lesson, a very costly and very painful one. But the whole thing taught me something very important and useful. And some things happen for good reason. Last day in prison? From six o'clock that morning I sat on the edge of the bed and hoped that the cell door would open.
They picked me up around 7:30, opened the door and asked: Are you ready? And I said: We can go! I had already prepared everything in advance."
"In prison you are nobody," said Boris Becker
Boris Becker exploited one of the regulations followed by British prisons and was extradited to Germany.
The latter, in fact, allows any foreign citizen who is serving a fixed sentence and is eligible for expatriation from the United Kingdom, to be removed from prison and expelled, up to 12 months before from the moment of release from the sentence.
The former German champion, expelled from England, will spend the last twelve months of his sentence on conditional release and will be able to celebrate the Christmas holidays with his family. The three-time Wimbledon winner was sentenced to two and a half years for fraudulent bankruptcy.
The case involved a debt Becker contracted years ago with private bank Arbuthnot Latham & Co and other lenders. Attempts to pay off the debt by mortgaging various properties, in particular one in Majorca, have proved futile.