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Boris Becker‘s girlfriend was by his side today as the tennis ace was jailed for two and a half years for flouting the terms of his bankruptcy and blew him a kiss goodbye as he was led to the cells.
Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro started dating the three-time Wimbledon champion in the summer of 2020 after he split with his ex-wife Lilly in 2018 following nine years of marriage.
London-based Lilian is a political risk analyst and has three degrees, including a masters in African studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and speaks five languages, including German, according to German newspaper Bild.
She was born in the African island state of São Tomé and Príncipe and is the daughter of Victor Monteiro, the republic’s former Minister of Defence who ran for the presidency in 2014.
Lilian spent much of her youth in Rome where she attended a private school before studying at the University of La Sapienza.
She first came to London to study at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where she earned her master’s degree at the age of 25.
She was in her 40s when she first met father-of-four Boris Becker – who had been married twice before, to Lilly between 2009 and 2018, and Barbara Becker from 1993 to 2001.
Former tennis player Boris Becker arrives with Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro at Southwark Crown Court on Friday
In the summer of 2021, Lilian and Becker were seen enjoying a relaxing holiday to Ibiza after spending time together in London and Dubai
The couple seen together during an exhibition in Mallorca on August 13, 2021. They are thought to have met in June 2020
Lilian and Becker seen attending the Almauftrieb Kaefer’s Koa Wiesn 2.0 event at Restaurant Kaefer-Schaenke, Munich, Germany in September 2021
Boris Becker and Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro in the stands at Centre Court on day one of Wimbledon at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, in June 2021
Boris Becker at the opening of the painting exhibition of his son Noah’s in Palma de Mallorca, accompanied by his girlfriend Lilian de Carvalho, his children Noah and Elias, and his ex-wife Barbara
Lilian has been by Becker’s side throughout all of the court hearings and also attended court on Friday when he was jailed
Lilian and Becker were reported to have linked in June 2020, before they spent time together in London as well as being seen in Dubai back in January 2021 during the third UK lockdown.
In the summer of 2021, the couple were seen kissing and enjoying the warm weather on a boat trip in Ibiza.
This year, Lilian has been a constant presence by Becker’s side while attending court hearings, in which he was initially accused and later found guilty of hiding £2.5million worth of assets and loans to avoid paying his debts.
On Friday afternoon, Lilian was seen attending Southwark Court Court alongside Becker and even blew him a goodbye kiss after he was jailed for two and a half years and blasted by a judge for showing no remorse.
Lilian and Becker attending Southwark Crown Court on Friday morning where he was later jailed for two years and six months
Former tennis player Boris Becker and his girlfriend Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro enjoy their holiday in Ibiza, 11 August 2021, in Ibiza, Spain
Lilian and Becker attend the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2021 in London, England
Lilian leaves Southwark Crown Court shortly after she blew a kiss to Becker when was jailed for two years and six months
Becker, 54, was declared bankrupt in June 2017, owing creditors almost £50million over an unpaid loan of more than £3million on his estate in Mallorca, Spain. The BBC pundit transferred around £390,000 from his business account to others, including those of his ex-wife Barbara Becker and estranged wife Sharlely ‘Lilly’ Becker.
He also failed to declare his share in a £1million property in his home town of Leimen, Germany, hid a bank loan of almost £700,000 – worth £1.1million with interest – and concealed 75,000 shares in a tech firm, valued at £66,000.
Becker – who got a two-year suspended sentence for tax evasion and attempted tax evasion worth £1.4million in Germany in 2002 – was found guilty on April 8 of four Insolvency Act offences between June and October 2017.
Each count carried a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. This afternoon, Judge Deborah Taylor sentenced the six-time Grand Slam champion to 30 months’ imprisonment, of which he will serve at least half.
Lilian holds Becker’s hand as they walk to Southwark Crown Court during an earlier hearing. She attended alongside her partner throughout the case
Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro, girlfriend of former tennis player Boris Becker, enjoys her holidays in Ibiza, August 11, 2021, in Ibiza, Spai
Lilian gets into a car outside Southwark Crown Court shortly after her partner, former tennis star Boris Becker, was jailed
As he was led away, Becker was red-faced and appeared to struggle with his overnight bag. Lilian blew him a kiss before he disappeared out of the court to the cells below.
Becker had earlier arrived at court with Lilian this morning, dressed smartly in a suit and wearing a Wimbledon tie as he walked up the steps and into the building while holding hands with her.
He then entered the dock of the court, while his eldest son came into the courtroom carrying a large Puma-branded bag, which the tennis star had previously been seen carrying outside his home.
After Becker was sentenced, former British number one tennis player Andrew Castle said he felt sorry for Lilian.
The rise and fall of a tennis legend: How Boris Becker went from Wimbledon teen sensation, to conceiving a child in a Mayfair restaurant, bankruptcy and facing seven years in prison
Few sports stars have ever hit the height of Boris Becker’s tennis careers – and none as young as the German ace.
Born in Leimen, West Germany, in 1967, Becker, the son of an architect father and a Czech immigrant mother, was thrust into the world of tennis from a young age.
His father founded a tennis centre in the town, where Becker honed his skills early on.
By the age of 10, in 1977, he was a member of the junior team of the Baden Tennis Association.
He went on to win the South German championship and the first German Youth Tennis Tournament.
After winning funding for training from the German Tennis Federation, he turned professional at 16 in 1984, winning the Tennis World Young Masters at the NEC in Birmingham in 1985, before claiming victory at Queens in June.
In July 1985, aged 17, he entered Wimbledon as an unseeded player and took the tournament by storm, beating Kevin Curren by four sets in the final
Two weeks later, in July, aged 17, he entered Wimbledon as an unseeded player and took the tournament by storm, beating Kevin Curren by four sets in the final.
At just 17 years and 228 days old he became the youngest men’s singles champion at SW19 – and immediately became a household name.
The following year he defend his title, beating then world number one Ivan Lendl to secure back-to-back Wimbledon titles.
He appeared in 77 finals and won 49 singles titles during his 16 years as a tennis pro.
But by 1993, facing criticism over his marriage to wife Barbara and tax problems with the German government, had caused Becker to slide into a severe mid-career decline.
In 1997, Becker lost to Sampras in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. After that match, he vowed that he would never play at Wimbledon again.
However he returned one more time to the prestigious west London tennis club, in 1999, this time losing in the fourth round to Patrick Rafter.
Off the court, his personal troubles continued. He had to pay £2.4million after he fathered a daughter, named Anna, with a Russian model while married to wife Barbara.
That incident took place after he crashed out of Wimbledon to Rafter in 1999 and decided to retire from the sport, aged 31.
Becker, in his 2003 autobiography, Stay A Moment Longer, revealed how he ‘cried my eyes out’ and felt the need to go out for a few beers with friends.
However his then wife Barbara, seven months’ pregnant with their second son, wanted him to stay at their hotel with her.
But by 1993, facing criticism over his marriage to wife Barbara and tax problems with the German government, had caused Becker to slide into a severe mid-career decline
‘She couldn’t and wouldn’t understand that she suddenly wasn’t first in my priorities,’ said Becker.
‘I said, ‘Just once more with the lads, Barbara, just once more to say farewell and then it’s only you’. That didn’t work. We rowed for two whole hours. Suddenly she was in pain and decided to check into hospital.;
Becker said he told his wife to call him if the baby was really on the way, then hit the town.
By 11pm he was at the bar in Mayfair’s Nobu and spotted Russian model Angela Ermakowa. The pair had sex on the staircase in the London outpost.
The following February his secretary handed him a fax in his Munich office. It read: ‘Dear Herr Becker, We met in Nobu in London. The result of that meeting is now eight months old.’
He later split from his first wife Barbara Feltus, a divorce which is estimated to have cost him more than £15million, as well as their home in Miami.
Becker found a new post-tennis purpose soon after, joining the BBC for its annual coverage of Wimbledon – to great success.
But his personal problems continued. He had a short engagement to Alessandra Meyer-Wölden in 2008, before announcing that he and Dutch model Sharlely ‘Lilly’ Kerssenberg would marry in 2009.
After nine years of marriage, and a child, Becker’s fourth, the pair split in 2018.
A year earlier, Becker had been declared bankrupt in June 2017 over an unpaid loan of more than £3million on his estate in Mallorca, Spain.
His former business partner, Hans-Dieter Cleven, also claimed that the former tennis ace owed him more than £30million – though the case that was rejected by a Swiss court.
Now Becker faces another bump in the road – perhaps the most serious yet – after being found guilty of four counts relating to the Insolvency Act earlier this month.
He faces up to seven years in prison – with his freedom now left hanging in the balance ahead of his sentencing tomorrow.