Tennis star complains about prison food after first meal of corned beef
Disgraced tennis champion Boris Becker has complained about the grim food in his prison – after being served corned beef as his first meal behind bars.
He has an allowance of just £10 ($17) a week and has told friends he supplements his meals by buying chocolate, biscuits and bananas from the prison canteen.
Becker, 54 – whose favorite food outside was steak and surf and turf lobster – is being held in a six-square-meter cell and locked up from 8 p.m. each evening until 7 a.m. the following day.
He was told he would keep his own cell, unlike most other inmates who share, and would likely be moved to a softer prison within weeks.
The former Wimbledon champion also struggles to sleep due to the “constant noise” at night and the stench of harsh Wandsworth prison in south-west London.
Becker was jailed for two and a half years last week for hiding £2.5million ($4.4million) after being declared bankrupt.
“He’s going through a tough time and worst of all is the food,” a source said.
“He can’t believe how bad it is and how small the portions are. One of his first meals was corned beef, which was not good.
“But he will have to get used to it. He is also shocked by the lack of hygiene at the prison because it is so overcrowded.
“The conditions are miserable, almost inhuman. It can be cold in the cells and there is hardly any daylight.
“It’s a huge shock to his system, but he seems to be being treated well.”
He had his first visitor on Friday when his girlfriend Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro arrived.
She brought him items including work boots and clothes in a Puma tote.
Becker, who will likely serve 15 months, showed no remorse when he was jailed at Southwark Crown Court.
He could be deported from the UK when released.
This article originally appeared on The sun and has been reproduced with permission