The president of the German tennis federation (DTB), Dietloff von Arnim, has expressed his support for the jailed Boris Becker.

After the former Wimbledon champion was sentenced in London to two and a half years in prison for several bankruptcy offences on Friday, von Arnim said in Munich: “We take note of the verdict with respect and regret and wish him all the best for the next time. We stand by his side.”

The 54-year-old tennis great must serve half of the sentence before being allowed to spend the rest on parole, Judge Deborah Taylor ruled at Southwark Crown Court.

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Becker was immediately remanded in custody. He now has 28 days to appeal the sentence.

“Boris Becker has been an integral part of the German tennis family for decades. His merits are and remain unique,” said von Arnim.

Becker, he added, had achieved great things in tennis nationally and internationally.

“Most recently, he supported the German Tennis Federation as Head of Men’s Tennis in the competitive and youth sports sector and proved to be a great asset and supporter of our sport during this time.”

Becker brought “undisputably outstanding successes” to German tennis, von Arnim said earlier at the ATP clay-court tournament in Munich.

“We stand there, I would say, faithfully by the side of our tennis icon.”

Becker, a former world no.1 and six-time grand slam champion was found guilty earlier this month of transferring funds from his business account and failing to declare a German property during his bankruptcy proceedings five years ago.

Becker, who lives in London, had been declared insolvent by the courts in 2017.

As a result, he had to disclose his assets to the insolvency administrators – but in doing so, he omitted important parts, according to the court’s assessment.

German tennis player Oscar Otte, who reached the semi-finals of the ATP tournament in Munich on Friday, said Becker’s conviction was a shame and sad “because it’s Germany’s tennis legend and he made German tennis with his performances.”