Tennis great Boris Becker released from prison in Britain

London, Dec 15, (PA Media/dpa/GNA) – Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, has been freed from prison after serving just eight months of his sentence, and now faces deportation from Britain.

The three-time Wimbledon champion was jailed for two-and-a-half years in April, for hiding £2.5 million ($2.9 million) of assets and loans, to avoid paying his debts.

The former world number one and BBC commentator, was declared bankrupt on June 21 2017, owing creditors almost £50 million, over an unpaid loan of more than £3 million on his estate in Majorca.

The 55-year-old German, who has lived in Britain since 2012, was expected to serve half of his sentence behind bars, but was released on Thursday morning and is due on a flight to be deported from Britain, the PA news agency understands.

He is thought to have been transferred to a lower security jail for foreign criminals, awaiting deportation in May Category C Huntercombe Prison near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, after previously reportedly being held at Category B Wandsworth Prison in south-west London.

The six-time Grand Slam champion, qualified for automatic deportation because he is a foreign national, who does not have British citizenship and received a custodial sentence of more than 12 months.