Jailed tennis star Boris Becker is suing a German comedian over a TV prank for a fake fund-raising appeal where he was duped into accepting cash.
The two-time Wimbledon champ, serving two and a half years behind bars for fraud, appeared in a sketch by comic Oliver Pocher.
Boris, he claims, thought he was receiving an award for his fashion sense.
But what he did not know, he says, is that the trophy was full of cash from a spoof fundraiser run by the comedian called ‘Make Boris Rich Again’.
Becker was jailed in April after being found guilty of hiding assets worth GBP 2.5 million to cheat creditors during his bankruptcy.
The case against Pocher, 44, is due to open at Offenburg district court, Baden-Wurttemberg state, southern Germany, on 26th July.
According to reports, Becker wants to ban Pocher from screening an episode of his RTL show ‘Pocher – Dangerously Honest’ where he tricked him.
In the show, a campaign for donations was launched under the title ‘Make Boris Rich Again’.
During the show, Becker was shown receiving what he thought was a genuine award for his stylish clothes.
Instead, it was just a prank and the trophy -unknown to Becker – was full of cash from the fake appeal.
A court spokesperson said: “The plaintiff did not know that the prize was created and awarded to the plaintiff for the sole purpose of sending him the collected cash amount – hidden in the prize trophy.”
The spokesperson added that neither Becker nor Pocher need to appear in person.
This is just as well for the disgraced tennis star, who is locked up in Huntercombe prison near Henley-on-Thames, UK.