11. Defence lawyers Joerg Weigell on left and Klaus Volk on right
12. SOUNDBITE: (German) Klaus Volk, Boris Becker's defence lawyer. "We are very relieved with the result. A just verdict after a fair process."
13. SOUNDBITE: (German) Joerg Weigell, Boris Becker defence lawyer. Mr Becker has made a clear statement, he said what he did at the time was a mistake. He was therefore sentenced and as my colleague said he is relived and satisfied and so are we that the matter is now closed."
14. Cutaway press
15. SOUNDBITE: (German) Mathias Musiol, prosecutor. "The verdict is different from the prosecution's request and we will investigate within the legally allowed period to see if an appeal will be necessary."
A relieved Boris Becker left a Munich courtroom on Thursday convicted of tax evasion but a free man after the judge rejected prosecutors' demands the three-time Wimbledon champion be sent to prison.
The retired star was given two years' probation and a fine of 300,000 euros (US dollars), and will have to donate another 200,000 euros (US dollars) to charity.
That ended a 10-year investigation that Becker called "brutal" and said helped to prompt his retirement from tennis in 1999.
"I'm happy and relieved that this chapter is finally closed," Becker said in a statement following the verdict, which was greeted with applause in the courtroom. "I'm a free man, that's the important thing."
During the one-day trial, prosecutors demanded the retired tennis star be sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail for avoiding 1.7 (m) million euros (US dollars) in taxes.
Presiding Judge Huberta Knoeringer said Becker, still a hugely popular figure in Germany, would have faced jail time if the tax-evasion charges hadn't dated back a decade.
The tennis star smiled briefly when the verdict was handed down, then strode out of the courtroom without speaking.
Becker, who said he will not appeal the verdict, admitted on Wednesday he kept a residence in Germany from 1991 to 1993 while claiming to reside in the tax haven of Monte Carlo.
In addition to the fines, he also will have to pay the costs of the trial.