By Euro Weekly News Media • 14 March 2014 • 13:34
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Boris Becker’s Spanish villa is being auctioned off for a cool £6million (€7.2million) after the tennis star lost a court case involving an unpaid builder’s bill.
Now the holiday home, complete with nine bedrooms, is set to be confiscated and sold at auction after Becker failed to pay £340,000 for carpentry, plumbing and work on a basketball court at the property.
The former tennis player, 46, purchased the Majorca property 17 years ago and has been entangled in court cases over it ever since.
Becker tried to sell the villa in 2007 for £12.5million (€14.9million) but failed to find a buyer. By 2012 the property value had dramatically fallen to £7million.
The hope that it would turn into a dream holiday retreat on the island came to a crashing end in 2003 when a court ruled that it had been built in part illegally and ordered the extra rooms to be demolished.
In June 2012 the German Grand Slam champion nearly lost the house in a dispute over an unpaid debt to a local gardener. But Becker paid the £285,000 bill just as the villa was about to go under the hammer.
The Wimbledon winner, who has had to pay divorce and paternity settlements in excess of £20 million, was then slapped with a £340,000 bill from a builder in a separate settlement.
This bill remains unpaid and the villa will now be sold off to cover the money he owes in interest and court costs.
Lawyers for Becker argued that the estate agent who sold him the house, Matthias Kuhn, should foot the bills. However, this argument was thrown out of court.
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