Inside the abandoned Boris Becker mansion in Mallorca
Boris Becker's abandoned Mallorcan mansion is on the market for £ 9 million – but the German squatter who lives there says no one will pay a penny for it.
The once majestic building in the Balearic Islands features stables, an outdoor swimming pool, four guest houses, a helicopter platform and a tennis court made from parts of Wimbledon furniture.
The real estate brochures still contain the mansion for sale with idyllic photos of the country house and the well-appointed interior.
But as these photos show, the reality is very different, because the villa and grounds have expired and the expensive tennis court is in decline.
Becker was declared bankrupt in 2017 and the mansion has since been taken over by German squatter Georg Berres and members of his eponymous Intergalactic Auxiliary and Rescue Command.
& # 39; They still want to sell this, the price is more than € 10 million – this is ridiculous, try to find someone who wants it for a million, a cent, you won't find anyone, & # 39; said Berres.
Myth: the abandoned former mansion of Boris Becker in Mallorca is still being offered for sale with idyllic photos like this, which advertises a 100-foot pool with a & # 39; pool house in Moroccan style & # 39; behind it
Reality: In this more recent photo, taken earlier this year, the pool looks unpleasant with turbid water instead of the shimmering blue species, and the neat lawns of the brochure have been replaced by spotty vegetation
Kraker: On the stairs is the German squatter Georg Berres, who took over the property in Mallorca together with members of his eponymous Intergalactic Auxiliary and Rescue Command since Boris Becker was declared bankrupt
Owner: Former tennis champion Boris Becker, pictured at Tottenham v Bayern Munich last month in the Champions League of football, was declared bankrupt more than two years ago
Warmth: in the photos of the glamorous real estate agency like this, the Balearic Islands property is shown as a well-appointed home with a modern kitchen made of precious wood and metal.
Barren: this kitchen looks much less attractive in its abandoned state, with rough outside light instead of the warm glow of the promotional photo and most shelves are empty
The glamorous images of the property displayed on a Spanish listing website are more than 10 years old, Berres claimed.
The real estate ad has a & # 39; beautiful environment & # 39; which could serve as a & # 39; most ideal location for diners, barbecues and grand parties & # 39 ;. for a large number of guests.
However, when realtors came to visit the property, they couldn't believe what they saw when they arrived to take photos, the German said.
He said: & # 39; We had people at the gate who introduced themselves as real estate agents who wanted to take photos. They stand on the floor and say, "What happened here?"
& # 39; Nobody knew what it was like, because they have these 10-year-old perfect photos, where it had a beautiful English lawn. & # 39;
One of the brochure shots shows the clear blue water of an outdoor swimming pool, flanked by a pool house in & # 39; Moroccan style & # 39; and neat lawns.
The real estate ad describes the area as an oasis of tranquility & # 39; and says that the swimming pool & # 39; provides an ideal area to rest (and) relax from the daily stresses of life. & # 39;
However, the pool looks murky and uninviting in the more recent images and the neat lawns of the brochure have been replaced by spotty vegetation.
Homely: on the property there are images such as these with a well-appointed living room, comfortable looking sofas and chairs and wide windows to enjoy the pleasant surroundings of the grounds of the villa
Desolate: when abandoned, this room looks rather gloomy, with a single mattress on the floor and none of the pleasant furniture that a buyer would expect based on the broker's photos.
Pleasant: looking at this promotional photo, a buyer might hope to sit by the pool with a glass of orange juice and enjoy a swim in the clear blue water surrounded by well-kept lawns
Occupied: German squatter Georg Berres is standing by the less attractive swimming pool as it looks today, with only fragments of plant life around it, after he took over the premises of his countryman Boris Becker
Duration: As one would expect from the home of Boris Becker, the property has a luxury tennis court made of pieces of Wimbledon and Australian Open furniture. However, the court looks dirty and decaying on this photo
Vast: an idyllic aerial view of the property – claimed by the German squatter who lives there as at least 10 years old – shows the clear blue swimming pool and the well-kept lawns around the villa and outbuildings
Lonely: this image is nothing like the idyllic advertisement for the property, with scarce bushes on a barren landscape
Gloomy: spots of plant life on bare ground in this more up-to-date image of the building that looks nothing like the glamorous image in the real estate brochure
Dirty: Instead of a well-decorated interior, visitors to the house will find dirty floors, bare walls and piles of empty bottles
Squatter Berres told reporters earlier that he would leave if the Spanish authorities asked him, but so far there has been no question.
According to the property list, the & # 39; very special tennis court & # 39; same surface as the Australian Open, and the net and supports come directly from Wimbledon.
In reality, the track is full of weeds and cracks, the net is worn out and is held up by metal wire tied to the fence.
While the brochure shows a homely kitchen and living room, the recent photos reveal bare and uninviting rooms full of trash.
One property list even mentions: & # 39; The quality is first class. This property must be viewed to be appreciated. & # 39;
The 12-bedroom house is offered for € 10.5 million (£ 9 million) but the finca is reportedly owned by Spanish managers Convenia Profesional SLP.
Pleasant: this view from the online property list shows the & # 39; fachada & # 39; or the facade of a part of the former villa of Boris Becker, with clean walls and green shutters that match the neat grass and trees in front of the building
Unkempt: the building has a basketball court, but it looks uninviting with weeds growing in the corners and the field dirty
Closed: the dirty gates of the building are flanked by columns with the name of the building: Son Coll
In a bad condition: the wallpaper is rotten and the plant life outside is overgrown in this photo of a porch in the Mallorcan house
One man and his dog: Georg Berres inspects a hatch next to the swimming pool that has changed from blue to cloudy green
Acquisition: Georg Berres sits on a red couch in one of the rooms of the Mallorcan villa, next to a selection of guitars
Small company: the German squatter caresses a local animal in the mansion that Boris Becker bought in the 1990s
Becker bought the estate together with his former wife Barbara in 1997, but has been trying to sell it for ten years.
The legal battle for his bankruptcy had an unlikely turn when he claimed that his status as a small claim for the Central African Republic gave him diplomatic immunity.
Becker said he had a passport at the embassy in Brussels, but the foreign minister of CAR and a spokesperson for the president denied that such a document existed.
He dropped the claim last December and an auction of his memorabilia held earlier this year raised nearly £ 700,000.
A 17-year-old Becker became the youngest champion men's singles ever in Wimbledon when he picked up the trophy in 1985. He won it again in 1986 and 1989.
He collected 49 singles titles including six Grand Slam trophies in a career of more than two decades, retired in 1999.
Unattractive: the German squatter is standing at the & # 39; Moroccan pool house & # 39; that leads to the now uninviting swimming area
Temporary: a mattress lies on the floor of one of the unlit bedrooms and looks out of the high windows with green shutters
Empty shelves: this room looks much less attractive with its three book shelves that are only occupied by a few different items
Storage: In this alcove in the open air there is now an assortment of items, including a barbecue
Decay: the net on the tennis court might come from Wimbledon, but it seems worn in this recent photo
Abandoned: a mattress lies in a dirty environment on a porch outside one of the buildings on the vast Spanish estate
Falling apart: a sauna (left) is advertised as part of a & # 39; beautiful wellness center & # 39; but is now covered with debris, while part of the wallpaper (right) seems to be peeling off in another room
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