TENNIS legend Boris Becker is being investigated by telly bosses after accidentally flogging the wrong tennis racket in a £9k charity auction.
The three-time Wimbledon champion was supposed to sell the racket used in his last ever singles career match on German TV show 'Bares für Rares' ('Cash for Rares') – but accidentally handed over a replica instead.
Bosses at German state broadcaster ZDF launched an investigation after antique dealer Julian Schmitz-Avila complained that the racket he received was the wrong brand.
The racket handed over – sold for £8,800 (€10,000) to raise money for German kids charity Ein Herz für Kinder (a heart for children) – was made by sports manufacturer 'Estusa', while the original was made by Puma.
A ZDF letter, obtained by BILD says: "Unfortunately, it looks quite clear that we did not sell the racket that was promised and discussed on the show."
The German tabloid also claims that Ein Herz für Kinder has yet to see a penny of the auction price.
The real racket – used by Becker in last ever match against Australian Patrick Rafter – was later handed over to Schmitz-Avila in exchange for the replica.
Becker's lawyer Christain Moser said: "In fact, initially the wrong racket was handed over accidentally, which is, however, completely identical to the racket from 1999."
He also claimed that the failure to hand over the proceeds to the charity – run by Bild – was down to the paper's "negative reporting".
The paper claims he then declined to name the replacement charity.
Becker, who declared bankruptcy in November, claimed on Twitter that the mix-up was all a misunderstanding.
The tennis legend, who won his first Wimbledon title aged 17 in 1985 wrote: “My Wimbledon tennis racket from the year 1995 would be auctioned, but the buyer wanted to have the racket from my last year and we did that.”
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