Boris Becker 'shocked' over 'inhumane' conditions inside prison

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Boris Becker, pictured here before being sentenced to prison.
Boris Becker has reportedly complained about the conditions in prison. Image: Getty

Boris Becker has reportedly complained about the 'inhumane' conditions inside prison, unhappy after being served corned beef for one of his first few meals behind bars.

The tennis legend was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison last month for hiding hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of assets from creditors after he was declared bankrupt.

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Becker was convicted of four charges under Britain's Insolvency Act, including failing to disclose, concealing and removing significant assets.

The 54-year-old was found guilty of transferring money to his ex-wives so he didn't have to pay creditors, with a judge sending him to prison for two-and-a-half years.

On Saturday it emerged that Becker isn't happy with the conditions in Wandsworth Prison in south-west London and has reportedly complained about the food.

The six-time grand slam champion is being held in a cell of six square metres and is locked up from 8pm until 7am the next day.

“He is having a rough time and the worst thing of all is the food,” a source reportedly told The Sun.

“He cannot believe how bad it is and how small the portions are. One of his first meals was corned beef, which wasn’t good.

“But he will have to get used to it. He is also shocked at the lack of hygiene at the prison because it’s so overcrowded.

An outside view of Wandsworth prison, pictured here in south-west London.
An outside view of Wandsworth prison in south-west London. (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP via Getty Images)

“The conditions are miserable, almost inhumane. It can get cold in the cells and there’s hardly any daylight.

“It is all a massive shock to his system but he seems to be being treated OK.”

Becker is said to have his own cell despite the majority of inmates sharing with another prisoner.

The German legend is also said to be struggling to sleep due to “constant noise” at night.

Girlfriend Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro paid a visit to Becker on Friday, reportedly taking him items like work boots and clothes.

HM Wandsworth Prison, pictured here in London.
Boris Becker is locked up in HM Wandsworth Prison in London. (Photo by Peter Dazeley/Getty Images)

Ex-wife speaks out after Boris Becker sentenced

Speaking last week, ex-wife Lilly Becker described her pain after Boris was sent to prison.

“I completely broke down," the Dutch model said on Piers Morgan’s 'Uncensored' show.

“I couldn’t believe what I was hearing because I was convinced, until the judge made her verdict, that he was going to get a little bit lighter than two and a half years.

“I had to keep it together and I don’t know how I did it.”

Lilly said the first person to reach out to her was Monteiro.

“We all pulled together – the ex-wife, the kids, his current girlfriend Lilian – the first thing we did was reach out to each other," she told Talk TV.

Lilly and Boris Becker, pictured here at the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards.
Lilly and Boris Becker at the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards. (Photo by VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

“It’s hard because it’s public, it’s everywhere. It’s hard because everyone has an opinion about it, rightly so.

“I’m here to show everybody that he has a bunch of really strong women behind him, and who are here not to speak for him, but to protect him.”

Lilly said the hardest part was telling their 12-year-old son.

“I had to break it down to him,” she said.

“We as a family had purposefully not spoken about the trial or anything.

“But I had no choice but to break my heart – or actually his heart – last Sunday.

“I don’t wish this upon anybody. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do.”

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