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Boris Becker loses Spain home over unpaid bills

Former tennis star Boris Becker has had his holiday villa on the island of Majorca confiscated by Spanish authorities after not paying a builder's bill of €391,000 ($544,000).

Boris Becker loses Spain home over unpaid bills
Boris Becker's Majorca home nearly went under the hammer in 2012 in a similar case involving a €276,162 ($383,000) bill owed to a local gardener. Photo: Greg Wood

The six-time Grand Slam champion was told by a Palma judge that his nine-bedroom property would be auctioned off for €7 million.

The court's decision stems from unpaid carpentry, plumbing and surfacing bills for a basketball court on Becker's now former property.

His lawyer's claim that it was the real estate agent who sold the villa to Becker who was accountable for the bills, was rejected by the judge.

The heavily indebted Becker, now 46 and coaching world number 2 Novak Djokovic, purchased the property in the Spanish island of Majorca 17 years ago.

It nearly went under the hammer in 2012 in a similar case involving a €276,162 bill owed to a local gardener.

On that occasion, the former number one tennis star coughed up the sum to keep a hold of his holiday home.

Becker will now also have to pay an extra €24,000 in court fees and interest, Spanish online daily 20minutos reported.

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Boris Becker saves Spain villa at last minute

Tennis legend Boris Becker has saved his holiday villa on the Spanish island of Majorca by coughing up the huge sum he owed a local builder just five minutes before the property was about to go under the hammer.

Boris Becker saves Spain villa at last minute
Boris Becker has almost lost his Majorca home on two occasions over unpaid bills. Photo: STR/AFP

The 2,900-square metre (31,000-square foot) property was confiscated by Spanish authorities in March after Becker failed to pay a Majorca builder €391,000 ($544,000) for carpentry, plumbing and surfacing of a basketball court.

The six-time German Grand Slam champion, currently in Paris in his role as the trainer of world number two Novak Djokovic, was also told his nine-bedroom property would be auctioned off for €7 million.

But on Thursday Becker saved the property with just minutes to spare when a lawyer acting for him handed over €430,000 ($590,000) to a Majorca judge, Spain's La Vanguardia newspaper reported.

This is the second time Becker has nearly seen his Majorca holiday home sold off. In 2012, he ended up in court on the island over €359,011 in unpaid gardening bills.  

Becker's private life post-tennis has been beset by scandal.

The most infamous interlude involved him having sex with the model Angela Ermakova on a staircase in a London restaurant while his pregnant wife was at home.

Ermakova fell pregnant after the romp, going on to give birth to Becker's daughter Anna.

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