Boris Becker is putting out an all points bulletin for his missing tennis trophies. He’d like them back to he can settle debts that have pushed the retired ace into bankruptcy. Among the famous awards are those he earned as Wimbledon and Australian Open champ in the 1980s and 90s. In all, 14 of Becker’s trophies are missing.
Becker’s London-based bankruptcy trustees say “a number of the trophies of Mr. Becker’s career are unaccounted for as Mr. Becker is unable to recollect where they are located.”
How you lose track of some of the most important awards in sports is hard to fathom, but Becker apparently didn’t have them on display in a man cave, according to the statement, issued Wednesday.
“Mr Becker and his bankruptcy trustees are therefore issuing a joint appeal to the public for any information that may assist with locating Mr Becker’s missing trophies, which include the trophies for his victories at the Australian Open (1991 and 1996) and Wimbledon (1985, 1986, 1989; The President’s Challenge Cup 1985 and 1989; The Renshaw Cup 1989).”
According to the BBC, where he’ll work Wimbledon telecasts this summer, Becker is also missing trophies from the 1989 Davis Cup and a 1992 Olympic Gold medal won for men’s doubles. Becker won over 60 ATP tournament titles in a 15-year pro career.
Becker was just a teenager when he won his first two Wimbledon titles in 1985 and ‘86. He went on to win six Grand Slam titles and was ranked number one in the world, earning over $25 million in prize money, all of it apparently gone now. Becker’s playboy lifestyle and a tax evasion charge several years ago drained much of his earnings but he claims he’s not broke, just in need of more time to settle his debts.
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The All England Tennis Club, the German Tennis Federation, the US Tennis Association, Tennis Australia and the International Tennis Hall of Fame all say they don’t have any of his missing trophies.
The German star also had success coaching former world number one Novak Djokovic, who won multiple grand slam titles in recent years.
The trustees in Becker’s case say anyone with information on the missing trophies can contact them via email at [email protected]