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Former world No. 1 men’s tennis player Boris Becker has been released from a UK prison after serving just eight months of his sentence and is due to be deported from the UK, PA Media reported on Thursday.

“Any foreign national convicted of a crime and sentenced to prison is considered for deportation at the earliest opportunity,” the Home Office said in a statement, according to Reuters, although it declined to comment directly on Becker’s case.

Boris Becker, originally from Germany, has lived in London since 2012 but does not have British citizenship.

In April Becker was found guilty of four counts relating to his 2017 bankruptcy case under the Insolvency Act and was sentenced to two and a half years by Judge Deborah Taylor at Southwark Crown Court. He was originally supposed to serve half of his sentence in jail.

Taylor accused the six-time Grand Slam champion of “gaming the system in bad faith” by hiding and transferring assets, depriving creditors of more than £2 million ($2.51 million) in assets.

Becker previously denied all charges and said he had cooperated with the bankruptcy proceedings, according to Reuters.

CNN has contacted the UK Ministry of Justice for a statement.

Becker made tennis history when he won Wimbledon at age 17 in 1985 and won five more Grand Slam titles in the next 11 years.

He has remained active in the world of tennis since retiring from the sport, notably as Novak Djokovic’s coach and through frequent media appearances as a commentator and pundit.



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