Mike Parry compares Boris Becker to Boris Johnson and says both 'get big things right' but not smaller details

Three-time Wimbledon champion Becker was jailed for two-and-a-half years for hiding £2.5million worth of assets and loans to avoid paying his debts.

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Mike Parry has compared Boris Becker to Boris Johnson and said both of the men "get big things right" but make mistakes on the smaller details.

Three-time Wimbledon champion Becker was jailed for two-and-a-half years for hiding £2.5million worth of assets and loans to avoid paying his debts.

The former world number one, 54, was declared bankrupt on June 21 2017, owing creditors almost £50m, over an unpaid loan of more than £3m on his estate in Mallorca, Spain.

Broadcaster Mike Parry joined Stephen Dixon and Ellie Costello to discuss the tennis legend's fall from grace.
Broadcaster Mike Parry joined Stephen Dixon and Ellie Costello to discuss the tennis legend's fall from grace.

Becker transferred around £390,000 from his business account to others, including those of his ex-wife Barbara and estranged wife Sharlely “Lilly” Becker.

The father-of-four also failed to declare his share in a £1m property in his home town of Leimen, Germany, hid an 825,000 euro (almost £700,000) bank loan – worth £1.1m with interest – and concealed 75,000 shares in a tech firm, valued at £66,000.

Becker, who was handed a two-year suspended sentence for tax evasion and attempted tax evasion worth 1.7million euro (around £1.4m) in Germany in 2002, was found guilty of four offences under the Insolvency Act between June 21 and October 3 2017 earlier this month.

Three-time Wimbledon champion Becker was jailed for two-and-a-half years for hiding £2.5million worth of assets and loans to avoid paying his debts.
Three-time Wimbledon champion Becker was jailed for two-and-a-half years for hiding £2.5million worth of assets and loans to avoid paying his debts.

Broadcaster Mike Parry joined Stephen Dixon and Ellie Costello to discuss the tennis legend's fall from grace.

He said: "The man’s an astonishing tennis machine, but, a bit like the other Boris, people say ‘well Boris gets the big things right but can’t deal with the minute’ that’s Boris Becker all over!

"He deals with the big things which is tennis, wins tournaments, smashes the world - and then can’t run his finances to save his life!"