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Boris Becker calls for help from his cell phone

In April Boris Becker was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

In April Boris Becker was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. Picture: dpa / Frank Augstein

Boris Becker is currently in a two-person cell in a London prison. The tennis legend was sentenced to two and a half years in prison without parole by a London court for various bankruptcy offenses. Since the star is usually used to a completely different lifestyle, she doesn’t get to grips with her current living conditions.

In recent days it has been reported several times that Boris would complain about the stench, the noise and the small portions of food. His dissatisfaction is said to have offended one detainee or the other.

Boris Becker suffers from claustrophobia

Now the Bild newspaper reported that the 54-year-old was also struggling with the narrowness of his cell. Boris Becker suffers from claustrophobia and panics in small, closed rooms.

The professional tennis player is therefore authorized by some guards to leave the cell door open during the day. But not everyone grants this privilege to German celebrity, and the heavy prison door remains closed at night. Due to his anxiety, Boris Becker is said to have repeatedly pressed the emergency button in his cell last weekend.

The tennis legend keeps pressing the emergency button

“The prison is understaffed on weekends, like in the hospital. The emergency button should only be used in an emergency,” a prison employee told “Bild” and further revealed: “After Becker repeatedly pressed his head without a real emergency, he was warned that the counter was not for hotel room service.”

Exterior of Wandsworth Prison in London.

Exterior of Wandsworth Prison in London.Picture: dpa / Sabrina Merolla

For some days Boris Becker has no longer lived alone in his small cell, but with another prisoner. The two share a bunk bed and a bathroom, which is only a few centimeters from the sleeping area. Living close to his roommate is likely aggravating Becker’s already tense mood and panic.

“It smells extremely disgusting”

But there is hope for the 54-year-old: According to information from “Bild”, the tennis legend is not expected to stay in Wandsworth much longer, but will be transferred to another prison next week. He hopes for better conditions there than at his current home.

Daily life in London prison is actually considered particularly tough. “Wandsworth is a very violent prison, there’s no other way to put it,” a former prisoner told Bild. “Prisoners against prisoners, prisoners against guards and a lot of self-harm too.” He said the rooms were very sporadically furnished and cramped. “It smells extremely disgusting and the paint is coming off the walls.”

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