Former Wimbledon champ Boris Becker drops claim for diplomatic immunity
Mr Becker cheering on Alexander Zverev of Germany at the Davis Cup in Brisbane earlier this year (AAP: Darren England)
Retired German tennis star Boris Becker has dropped his claim to have diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in Britain.
The three-time Wimbledon champion had been claiming his unpaid role as a sports attaché for Central African Republic gave him immunity from bankruptcy rulings.
Mr Becker’s lawyers argued in June that his work on sporting, cultural and humanitarian affairs meant he was covered by a 1961 convention on diplomatic relations which means he, “cannot be subject to legal process in the courts of any country for so long as he remains a recognised diplomatic agent”.
That assertion has now been abandoned.
Mr Becker was declared bankrupt in June 2017.
He is selling some of his memorabilia, including Wimbledon trophies, to try to lower his debts.
Mr Becker is known for becoming the youngest Wimbledon champion, when he took the first of his three titles in 1985 at the age of 17.
In recent years, he has been in the media for a cheating scandal that ended in a messy divorce and, even wrote a tell-all book about his troubles with sex, drugs and alcohol.
The 50-year-old, who was born in Germany, also coached tennis star Novak Djokovic and has worked as a TV commentator.