MELBOURNE, Australia – A lot of wacky things have happened to former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker in his rather eventful life.
Losing … 14 championship trophies has to be at the top of the list.
But according to a BBC story Thursday, that’s exactly what has happened.
These aren’t the actual trophies; they’re the replicas given to the champions, with the originals remaining with the tournaments. But it’s quite a collection.
Becker’s three Wimbledon trophies, his two Australian Open trophies, a trophy for winning the 1989 Davis Cup with Germany, and his Olympic gold medal from the men’s doubles event at the 1992 Games in Barcelona are among the missing.
In other words, all the big stuff.
“Unable to recollect”
A joint statement from Becker and his bankruptcy trustees, Smith & Williamson, said this: “Mr Becker is unable to recollect where they are located.”
The 50-year-old German is trying to get out of a money crunch dating to last June.
A bankruptcy court in London ruled that Becker owed a big sum of money. And despite his claims it was all a misunderstanding and that the sale of a huge property in Mallorca would go a long way towards covering it, they were not confidant he was good for it.
“We are currently trying to locate and recover Mr Becker’s missing Australian Open and Wimbledon trophies, settling an income payments agreement for the next three years as well as continuing our investigations into other possible recoveries, including property, in the UK and overseas,” the trustees said in a statement.
Becker is currently at the Australian Open doing television for Eurosport.