Boris Becker cuts a dapper figure alongside his glamorous girlfriend Lilian at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Paris
Boris Becker cut a dapper figure in a black suit as he cosied up to his glamorous partner Lilian at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Paris on Monday.
The German tennis player, 55, dressed smart for the evening in a black blazer, matching waist coat and trousers.
The three-time Wimbledon champion, who was previously deported to Germany following a stint in British prison for insolvency fraud, teamed the number with a crisp white shirt and skinny dark tie.
Meanwhile partner Lilian looked nothing short of sensational in a dazzling burgundy gown which boasted a large cut out.
She elevated her frame in a pair of towering heels and toted her belongings around in a black clutch.
Dressed to impress: Boris Becker cut a dapper figure in a black suit as he cosied up to his glamorous partner Lilian at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Paris
Dapper: The German tennis player, 55, dressed smart for the evening in a black blazer, matching waist coat and trousers which he teamed with a crisp white shirt and skinny tie
The actress accessorised with a pair of bold chunky gold hoop earrings and applied a flawless palette of makeup including a bold smokey eye shadow.
It comes after Boris said he was forced to make friends with the ‘tough boys’ in prison to survive, as he vows to win ‘the fifth set’ of his life.
In an interview with 5 Live Breakfast, the three-time Wimbledon champion said incarceration was a ‘real punishment’ but that he had discovered that he is a ‘survivor’.
The tennis great served eight months of his two-and-a-half year sentence for hiding millions of pounds worth of assets to avoid paying off debts. He served time at HMP Wandsworth and Category C Huntercombe Prison near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.
The six-time Grand Slam singles champion was released from prison in December and deported to his native Germany.
Addressing questions about whether he will return to punditry roles on the BBC in the near future, he said he was talking to the ‘responsible people’.
The German, who had lived in the UK since 2012, was expected to serve half of his sentence behind bars but was released in December and deported from the UK.
Stunning: Meanwhile partner Lilian looked nothing short of sensational in a dazzling burgundy gown which boasted a large cut out
Glamorous: She toted her belongings around in a black clutch and accessorised with a bold pair of chunky hoop earrings
He is thought to have been transferred to a lower security jail, Category C Huntercombe Prison near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, for foreign criminals awaiting deportation in May 2022.
He was previously being held at Category B Wandsworth Prison in south-west London, according to reports.
The six-time Grand Slam champion qualified for automatic deportation because he is a foreign national who does not have British citizenship and received a custodial sentence of more than 12 months.
He is not allowed back on UK soil until October 2024.
Speaking ahead of the release of a new documentary about his life and career, Becker said that the time in prison was a ‘real punishment’ and that anyone who said it wasn’t very hard was dishonest.
‘It’s a real punishment. It’s supposed to be a punishment, being incarcerated and anyone who says prison life isn’t hard and isn’t difficult is lying.
‘I think it’s a really difficult life and from where I am coming from, I’ve never been incarcerated before so it was a very brutal, new, very different experience to what you see in the movies or what you heard from stories.’
Becker said he had been forced to make friends with the ‘tough boys’ in prison to make sure he was safe, saying prison is ‘very dangerous’.
Opening up: It comes after the six-time Grand Slam singles champion spoke openly about his time in prison on 5 Live Breakfast
Sentence: Becker was released from prison and deported to Germany after serving eight months of a two-and-a-half-year sentence for failing to declare £2.5m in assets to avoid paying debts
Wow: Boris Becker of Germany celebrates winning the 1985 Wimbledon Championships. He stunned the world when he smashed on to the tennis scene aged just 17
‘Prison is very dangerous. As I said, it’s a dangerous place, you fight every day for survival.
‘I was surrounded by murderers, by drug dealers, by rapists, by people smugglers, by dangerous criminals.
‘Quickly you have to surround yourself with the ‘tough boys’ as I would call them, because you need protection. If you think you are better than everybody else, then you lose. So that was the harsh reality of this every day, facing different people.
The former tennis ace said he learned a lot about himself while in prison, including that he is a ‘mensch’ – a German word for a person with integrity.
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