Shamed tennis ace Boris Becker has outraged his bankruptcy creditors after he was filmed throwing banknotes out of a window for an online advert.
Becker – who served eight months in jail for hiding funds – had been signed up by German double-glazed windows firm Fensterversand for the 30-second clip.
The ad – part of a TV campaign – is due to air during German broadcaster ARD’s sports programme on Saturday, 11th March.
As the advert begins, 55-year-old Becker reportedly sweeps up the drive of a luxury villa in a Porsche before tossing a fistful of banknotes into the air.
The former triple Wimbledon champ allegedly smiles and says: “Don’t throw your money out of the window!”
The company commented on the project in a statement obtained by Newsflash, saying: “In the advertising campaign for fensterversand.com, Boris Becker shows his humorous side and proves once again that he is not only a successful tennis player, but also a gifted entertainer.”
Becker who has been beset by money problems throughout his career – said he was swayed by the campaign’s message from the very beginning.
He explained: “Not throwing money out of the window is a message that affects us all and is an issue beyond Germany’s borders, especially in this day and age.
“That’s why I thought it was such an exciting idea and accepted quickly after I got to know the company in Stuttgart.”
Fensterversand added: “For us, he is not only one of the best German ambassadors, but also a testimonial that reaches our target groups perfectly with his charm and sympathetic self-mockery.”
But the video sparked fury among Becker’s creditors.
One of them – not named in local media – told German newspaper Bild: “Becker’s time in prison was clearly too short.
“He lives in his own world, hides reality – like before imprisonment.”
A second creditor added: “Embarrassing advert! If Becker would at least use the fee to pay off his debts, this embarrassing action would at least have a good purpose.
“But so far, Becker has put every penny he earns in his own pocket. And he wants to be a role model for younger people and give them money tips?”
A third said: “Self-deprecation? When you owe so many people so much money?
“To publish such a commercial now and to want to give advice to the younger generation speaks for itself and gives a deep insight into Mr. Becker’s mindset.”
Becker was released from HM Prison Huntercombe in Nuffield, UK, on 15th December after serving eight months.
He had been found guilty of hiding funds from creditors during his earlier bankruptcy hearing.
But Becker said he hoped the ad would warn a new generation not to behave like him.
He said: “It is correct that I threw money out of the window.
“But then it was important to me to take it upon myself to tell the younger generation not to do the same.”