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Documentary to provide ‘intimate’ insight into tennis star Boris Becker’s life

A new documentary on the life and career of Boris Baker will provide behind-the-scenes access to the Wimbledon champion’s recent imprisonment on unpaid debts.

That former tennis world number one, 54, was jailed for two and a half years for hiding assets and debts of £2.5 million.

Over the past three years, Oscar-winning filmmakers Alex Gibney and John Batsec have been documenting the tennis star’s life, including a series of “deeply intimate interviews.”

Baker was catapulted to stardom at the age of 17 after winning her first Wimbledon Championships, winning 49 career titles, including six Grand Slams and an Olympic gold medal.

The film will also explore the challenges of his tennis career as well as his personal life and financial commitments.

It will also speak to key figures in Baker’s life, both personal and professional, including members of his immediate family and tennis world stars such as John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg.

The project, which is currently untitled, is set to launch at a film festival with a full release later.

Directing and production duties will be led by Gibney, who wrote and directed the Oscar-winning 2007 documentary Taxi to the Dark Side, and Butsek, who co-produced the Oscar-winning 1999 documentary One Day in September.


Baker rose to stardom at age 17 after winning Wimbledon (PA)

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Gibney said: “This film about Boris Baker tells an extraordinary story.

“It is a clear insider look at the world of professional tennis and it is also a touching portrait of the man himself.

“Like a quote from Rudyard Kipling at the entrance to Wimbledon Center Court, Boris is a man who ‘meets victory and disaster and treats those two cheaters alike.

Batsek said: “Boris Baker’s story is a remarkable one. His unique achievements in tennis on the court, in global headlines at just 17 years old, and then as a successful coach for world number one Novak Djokovic, deserve cinematic treatment. .

“His life outside the court is trying to manage his personal relationships and his growing financial commitments have become the stuff of gossip and lies.

“Boris has been incredibly brave, revealing to all of us, Alex and I share a huge responsibility in making this film.”


Baker was recently sentenced to two and a half years in prison (Victoria Jones/PA)

The film is being financed by Lorton Entertainment, which recently delivered a documentary about football star Wayne Rooney to Amazon Prime.

Julian Bird, founder and chief executive of Lorton Entertainment, said: “We always knew this film would be right there in line with our previous work from Supersonic to Maradona, and interest in the project has accelerated significantly in recent weeks.

“The wheels are in motion for the launch of the Boris Baker documentary at a major film festival and its subsequent full release.”

Baker was jailed in June 2017 for concealing assets after declaring bankruptcy that led to creditors owed nearly £50 million in unpaid debts of over £3 million on his property in Mallorca, Spain. With.

He transferred approximately 427,000 euros (about £390,000) from his business account to his ex-wife Barbara and estranged wife Shirley “Lily” Baker, among others.

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