SIX-TIME Grand Slam champ Boris Becker is battling bankruptcy by claiming diplomatic immunity as an ambassador employed by the Central African Republic.
Becker, who first won Wimbledon when he was just 17, was appointed Ambassador to the EU by the landlocked nation in April.
Getty – Contributor Boris Becker has been fighting bankruptcy since last year
But bankruptcy proceedings were brought against the 50-year-old last year in relation to money he allegedly owes to a London-based private bank.
However, the tennis legend now claims he can challenge that decision and “rebuild his life” because of his new role as Central African Republic’s attache to the European Union on sporting, cultural and humanitarian affairs.
His lawyers say the position is covered by the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which means Becker cannot be made subject to any legal process without the consent of the Central African Republic and the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson.
Becker said: “I have now asserted diplomatic immunity 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.
Getty – Contributor Becker holds the trophy after winning the Wimbledon men’s singles final in 1985
Getty – Contributor Becker retired from the game in 1999 after a 15-year pro career
“Once this gravy train for the suits has been stopped in its tracks, my lawyers will turn to the question of compensation.”
The dad, who retired from tennis in 1999 after a glittering 15-year pro career, has lodged a writ with the High Court.
He’s hired international lawyer Ben Emmerson QC – who acted for Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Amir on his match-fixing charges – to fight his case.