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Boris Becker Released From UK Jail For Deportation: Reports

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Former tennis superstar Boris Becker has been released from prison after serving a sentence related to his 2017 bankruptcy, British media said on Thursday. The domestic news agency Press Association said the 55-year-old German six-time Grand Slam champion will now face expulsion from the UK, following previous press reports in Germany. Becker was sentenced to two and a half years in prison in April for hiding £2.5 million ($3.1 million) in assets and loans to avoid paying debts.

He was declared bankrupt in June 2017, owing creditors £50 million over an unpaid loan on his estate on the Spanish island of Majorca. A judge at Southwark Crown Court in south London told Becker, who has lived in the UK since 2012, that he would serve half of his sentence in prison.

But he was released Thursday morning and would now be deported, PA said, without citing sources. It was initially reported that he was being held at Wandsworth Prison in southwest London, near the All England Club at Wimbledon, where he won three titles.

But he was then transferred to lower security Huntercombe Prison near Oxford, southern England, for foreign criminals awaiting deportation. He was eligible for removal as he is not a British citizen and was given a prison sentence of more than 12 months.

More updates to follow

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