‘I was nobody’: Boris Becker gives his first interview since leaving UK prison

Boris Becker gave his first interview since his release from prison in the UK and deportation to Germany earlier this week, telling German viewers: “In prison I was nobody.”

Appearing slimmer and sporting a new hair color and style, the former Wimbledon champion told broadcaster Sat1 that as an inmate he wasn’t given his first name, and “no one cared” about his champion status.

But he said he used his 231 days in prison to reflect on his life, and rediscover the “human side,” or human side, of himself.

In excerpts published in Bild newspaper, the tennis legend, who was jailed in April for two-and-a-half years for hiding £2.5m of assets to avoid paying debts after declaring bankruptcy, said the food at London’s Wandsworth prison, where he spent his first weeks, was bad and the portions too small. , while recreational activities were few and far between. He also said that there was a lot of violence.

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    The interview will be broadcast this evening for two and a quarter hours, from 8:15 pm local time (1915 GMT).

    “In jail you’re nobody. You’re just a number. Mine was A2923EV. I wasn’t calling Boris, you were a number. And no one cares who you are,” said Becker, 55, who was wearing a black hoodie and black T-shirt.

    Baker was transferred from Wandsworth to Hannercombe Prison near Nuffield, Oxfordshire, in May.

    A Bild reporter said he cut a modest figure, changed his hair color and lost weight. He described it as surprisingly composed.

    “I think I’ve rediscovered the human in me, the person I once was,” he told interviewer Stephen Gatin. “I learned a hard lesson. A very expensive one. Very painful. But the whole thing taught me something very important and worthwhile. And some things happen for a good reason.”

    Asked about his happiness at finally leaving prison and returning home last Thursday, Baker said, “Since six o’clock in the morning I have been sitting on the edge of my bed, hoping the cell door will open. They came to get me at 7.30 in the morning, opening the door and asking, ‘Are you ready?'” I said. : Let’s go! I’ve already packed everything in advance.

    While at Huntercombe, which is a maximum security and used to detain criminals from the outside before deportation, Bild reports that Baker trained regularly in the prison gym and worked as an aide alongside the prison coach, assisting other inmates. Fitness and Psychology, drawing on his experience as a former World No. 1 Tennis Champion.

    Son Baker still lives in the UK. But under the terms of his release as a non-British citizen, Baker himself was barred from visiting the country for the next decade.

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