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Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity in bankcruptcy case

AFP  |  London 

Three-time champion is claiming from ongoing proceedings in the UK on the basis that he is an for the Central African Republic, British media reported today.

Lawyers for Becker, a former world number one, lodged a claim Thursday in the asserting immunity after he was appointed a sports attache for the in April, the said.

-- who won six Grand Slams in the 1980s and 90s -- was declared bankrupt by a court in June 2017 for failing to pay a long-standing debt. But his position as attache to the on sporting, cultural and humanitarian affairs is covered by the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

This means the consent of UK Johnson and his counterpart in is needed before is subjected to any legal proceedings, his lawyers said, the reported.

"The decision to commence proceedings against me was both unjustified and unjust," Becker said, according to the

"A bunch of anonymous and unaccountable bankers and bureaucrats pushed me into a completely unnecessary declaration of bankruptcy, which has inflicted a whole heap of damage on me, both commercially and professionally, and on those close to me.

"I have now asserted as I am in fact bound to do, in order to bring this farce to an end, so that I can start to rebuild my life."

The German shook up the world at in 1985 when, as an unseeded player, he became the then youngest-ever male Grand Slam champion at the age of 17, defending the trophy the following year.

He went on to a glittering career and amassed more than $25 million in prize money.

Becker's tangled private life has also kept him in the He has a daughter conceived in a brief but now famous encounter with a Russian who claimed she met Becker at a bar and had sex with him in a broom cupboard at a nearby Japanese restaurant.

In January, Becker appealed for help in tracking down five missing Grand Slam trophies which he said he needed to sell to help pay off his debts.

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First Published: Fri, June 15 2018. 10:20 IST