He will remain free on bail pending appeal, as will the family tax adviser, Joachim Eckardt, who was convicted of accessory to and attempted tax evasion and sentenced to two years and six months in prison.

Graf was found guilty on all six counts of tax evasion and attempted tax evasion after a 4 1/2-month trial that his daughter never attended.

Steffi Graf was on the other side of the world when Judge Joachim Plass announced the ruling and handed down the sentence.