Stunning Boris Becker detail spotted moments before jail sentence

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Boris Becker (pictured right) Boris Becker appears at Southwark Crown Court with partner Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro (pictured left).
Boris Becker (pictured right) wore the green and purple colours for Wimbledon before he was sentenced to jail. (Getty Images)

Tennis great Boris Becker was sentenced to two and a half years in jail following his court case in the UK and viewers pointed out one poignant detail in the former player's outfit.

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

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Judge Deborah Taylor said Becker would serve at least half his sentence behind bars after it was found the former player had hid around $4.4 million worth of assets in order to avoid paying his debts.

Becker's lawyer had pleaded for leniency on behalf of the tennis great after he claimed the star had "literally nothing to show for what was the most glittering of sporting careers".

However, in a poignant moment before entering court, Becker made a defiant statement as he wore the colours of a Wimbledon tie.

Becker burst onto the sporting scene with his 1985 Wimbledon title at just 17 years old.

The German went on to win the All England Club Championship two more times in 1986 and 1989.

While the 54-year-old may have 'fallen from grace' following his retirement, wearing the Wimbledon green and purple may have been his final statement to say his achievements at SW19 will live on forever.

Tennis icon Boris Becker's sentence

The German was found guilty in court of transferring money to his former wife Barbara and estranged wife Sharley in 2017 after he had declared bankruptcy.

And the judge claimed the six-time grand slam champion, who was wearing his Wimbledon tie in court, had shown no remorse during his time pleading his case.

"It is notable you have not shown remorse or acceptance of your guilt," judge Deborah Taylor told him at London's Southwark Crown Court.

"While I accept the humiliation you have felt as a result of these proceedings, you have shown no humility."

Judge Taylor said Becker would serve at least half his sentence behind bars after it was found Becker had hid around $4.4 million worth of assets in order to avoid paying his debts.

Becker has found himself in trouble with authorities in the past.

Boris Becker (piuctured) lifts the Wimbledon men's singles trophy for the third time after beating Stefan Edberg in straight sets.
Boris Becker (piuctured) lifts the Wimbledon men's singles trophy for the third time after beating Stefan Edberg in straight sets. (Photo by S&G/PA Images via Getty Images)

The two-time Australian Open winner was convicted of tax evasion in Germany back in 2002, which resulted in a suspended prison sentence.

The British court heard how Becker had managed to lose his fortune following his glittering career.

Becker was acquitted of 20 other counts, including charges that he failed to hand over other assets, including two Wimbledon trophies and an Olympic gold medal.

"His reputation, an essential part of the brand, which gives him work, is in tatters," Jonathan Laidlaw, Becker's lawyer, said.

"His fall is not simply a fall from grace and amounts to the most public of humiliations."

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