Boris Becker, 54, is teaching fellow inmates YOGA while in prison, works out at the gym and has lost more than a stone in weight, his lawyers say, as he completes the first six months of his two-and-half-year jail sentence

  • Becker is said to be teaching 45 fellow inmates yoga at HMP Huntercombe
  • Former Wimbledon champion is six months into two-and-a-half-year sentence
  • He was convicted of fraud in April after hiding £2.5m to avoid paying off debts

Boris Becker is teaching his fellow inmates yoga and has lost more than a stone in weight after being sent to prison for bankruptcy offences six months ago. 

The German tennis legend, 54, is apparently ‘doing well given the circumstances’ and ‘fits constructively into everyday prison life’, according to his lawyer Oliver Moser. 

The six-time Grand Slam champion was sentenced to five years on April 29, half of which is to be served behind bars, at the low-security HMP Huntercombe in Oxfordshire. 

He was convicted of several fraud offences after hiding £2.5 million in assets and loans in an attempt to avoid paying off his debts. 

But although he is allowed to make phone calls and communicate with the outside world at any time, the father-of-four ‘does not want to stay in detention a day longer than necessary’, a source told German newspaper BILD.

The source added that he has a solitary cell and behaves impeccably in prison, while another said: ‘He’s popular with his fellow inmates.’

The three-time Wimbledon trophy winner is said to have lost around eight kilos (1.2 stone) as he ‘works out in the gym and doesn’t drink alcohol.’   

Boris Becker is teaching his fellow inmates yoga and has lost more than a stone in weight after being sent to prison for bankruptcy offences six months ago.

The six-time Grand Slam champion was sentenced to five years on April 29, half of which is to be served behind bars, at the low-security HMP Huntercombe (pictured) in Oxfordshire

‘Becker works as a kind of assistant teacher next to the actual prison coach for fitness and psychology,’ the source said. 

The former World No.1 is said to be teaching around 45 fellow inmates fitness, nutrition, crisis management, and a special type of yoga and meditation. 

The source added: ‘As an athlete, he knows his way around victories and defeats. He shares his life experience with his fellow inmates.’

His special role is part of a bonus programme within HMP Huntercombe Prison. The more the inmates get involved, the more likely it can help reduce their prison sentence. 

It comes little over a week after Becker’s ex and their 12-year-old son said they were finding the disgraced tennis ace’s imprisonment ‘tough’. 

Lilly Becker, the mother of their son Amadeus, told Daily Mail columnist Richard Eden: ‘It’s been tough, but he’s doing good because he’s got me as a mum.’ 

Speaking at a party in London, the Dutch former model said: ‘I haven’t allowed him to be consumed by this, so he’s going to be OK.’

Lilly, 46, was upbeat about how the star player has adjusted to life behind bars, saying: ‘I’m sure he’s fine.’ 

Boris Becker’s ex and their 12-year-old son are finding the disgraced tennis ace’s imprisonment ‘tough’

The couple had been married for nine years and welcomed Amadeus in 2010. They later split in an ‘amicable’ divorce in 2018.

Becker has three other children from previous relationships.

Sons Noah, 28, and Elias, 23, were born to his first wife Barbara, who won custody of them following the couple’s divorce.

His daughter Anna, who is a model and has kept her mother’s surname, was born to waitress Angela Ermakova in 2000.

Becker’s now-girlfriend, Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro, visited him in May at Huntercombe accompanied by his eldest sons. 

Becker could be released early next year, but the German could face deportation as soon as he walks free, the Home Office confirmed earlier this year.

He was moved to the low-risk jail HMP Huntercombe in Oxfordshire, after initially being sent to Wandsworth jail in April. 

Becker’s now-girlfriend, Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro, visited him in May at Huntercombe accompanied by his eldest sons

Becker, who was also a BBC pundit, transferred around £390,000 from his business account to others, including those of his ex-wife Barbara Becker and estranged wife Lilly (pictured), whose real name is Sharlely Becker

Becker (above, in 1985), who won 49 singles titles in 77 finals over 16 years, was found guilty on April 8 at Southwark Crown Court of four Insolvency Act offences between June and October 2017

According to prison sources, he fills his time with games of table tennis and teaching sports science, the Mirror previously reported. 

The former world number one was declared bankrupt in June 2017, owing creditors almost £50million over an unpaid loan of more than £3million on his estate in Mallorca, Spain. 

Becker, who was also a BBC pundit, transferred around £390,000 from his business account to others, including those of his ex-wife Barbara Becker and estranged wife Lilly, whose real name is Sharlely Becker.

He also failed to declare his share in a £1million property in his home town of Leimen, Germany, hid a bank loan of almost £700,000 – worth £1.1million with interest – and concealed 75,000 shares in a tech firm, valued at £66,000.

Becker was found guilty on April 8 at Southwark Crown Court of four Insolvency Act offences between June and October 2017.

Each count carried a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. 

Judge Deborah Taylor sentenced the six-time Grand Slam champion to 30 months’ imprisonment, of which he will serve at least half.

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