Boris Becker and his estranged wife Lilly have gone head to head in court this week as their lawyers battle over their planned divorce.
The 50-year-old former tennis star announced in May this year that he and Lilly had separated after 13 years together.
It came after Becker was declared bankrupt last year when it emerged he had racked up a debt of £3.3million with a private bank.
Boris Becker arrived at London’s Central Family Court yesterday as he and his estranged wife Lilly (right) go head-to-head ahead of their planned divorce
The former tennis star looked deep in thought as he arrived for the court hearing yesterday
Becker was then involved in a bizarre row over whether a diplomatic passport he had been issued by the Central African Republic entitled him to immunity from bankruptcy proceedings.
The tennis star came to fight his latest battle at London’s Central Family Court as he and Lilly, 42, attempt to settle disputes over arrangements for the split.
Becker looked pensive as he arrived and left the courtroom, while Lilly, who arrived separately, smiled as she chatted to one of her legal team.
It was previously reported that Lilly had instructed respected law firm Grosvenor Law to represent her amid concerns about her future financial situation.
Announcing the couple’s decision in May, lawyer Christian-Oliver Moser said: ‘The decision after a 13-year-long relationship and nine years of marriage wasn’t an easy one.’
Moser insisted that the separation was ‘amicable’, but it is understood the pair have been living apart, except from when Boris was in London to cover Wimbledon.
Lilly, 42, smiled as she arrived ahead of the hearing with members of her legal team
It comes after a difficult year for Becker, who was declared bankrupt due to huge debts
Becker has been locked in a number of legal wrangles this year, following his bankrupcy
Reflecting on their woes, Lilly told The Daily Mail’s Richard Eden in March that they had previously gone for relationship therapy to save their nine-year union.
She continued: ‘We did couples’ therapy. It was something we never thought we would have to do. It helped. We did an hour a day for five days a week.
‘It was nice to have the input from someone on the outside who doesn’t know you and isn’t biased.
‘If you go through a really s****y time, I’m convinced you have to go through it in your way and hit rock bottom before you can come back. That’s what happened to me.’
Becker was appointed attache to the European Union on sporting, cultural and humanitarian affairs by the Central African Republic in April.
The three-time Wimbledon champion jumped into a Mercedes after yesterday’s hearing
Father-of-four Boris wed his Dutch second wife in Switzerland in 2009. They are pictured in Monte Carlo earlier this year
The couple, pictured at Oktoberfest in Munich in 2016, have said their split is ‘amicable’
His lawyers told a court in London in June that the position was covered by the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and meant he could not be subjected to any legal proceedings without the consent of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and his counterpart in Bangui.
He was declared bankrupt in June 2017 by Registrar Christine Derrett, who recalled watching him play on Centre Court.
The bankruptcy was due to be discharged but Becker’s lawyers told the court he agreed to the suspension of the discharge so the issue of his diplomatic immunity could be investigated further.
Becker had to pay his previous wife, actress and designer Barbara Feltus, £11 million when they divorced in 2001 after an eight-year marriage. He also had to give Barbara their Florida apartment.