The Sun

FRIDAY, 22 DECEMBER, 2000

IT'S Mrs BORIS DECKER


Tennis racket ... Boris and Barbara often squabbled over her spending, friends say

From ALLAN HALL in Berlin

Allan Hall
The Sun.

TENNIS legend Boris Becker has filed for divorce after reports that his wife Barbara walloped him across the face in a row over money.

She then ordered him to sleep in the beach house of their 2million Florida home, a source revealed.

Neighbours heard loud voices followed by a thwack as the couple argued over cash and custody of their two children.

Boris did not hit her back, German newspapers reported.

One neighbour revealed: "People couldn't help hearing the commotion. Boris was left outside and she banished him to the beach house."

The row broke out on the terrace of their condominium on Fisher Island, near Miami.

Barbara, 34, fled to America with their children Noah, six, and one-year-old Elias after they split two weeks ago.

Russian beauty Angela Ermakova, 33, has named Boris as the father of her daughter.

And he is reported to have had a fling with rap singer Sabrina Setlur, 26.

Boris, 33, started divorce proceedings in Munich last Friday - two days before his seventh wedding anniversary. His decision sets the stage for a battle over houses worth 20million, an 80million fortune and custody of the children.

Boris has complained Barbara spent more of his earnings than the 13,000-a-month salary of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder - and told her: "Darling, I have won Wimbledon three times, not ten."

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