Australia's Bernard Tomic in police stand-off

Updated: 26 January 2012 16:04 IST

Teenage Australian tennis star Bernard Tomic locked himself in his house in a stand-off with police on Thursday over a traffic dispute involving his high-powered sports car.

Australia's Bernard Tomic in police stand-off

Sydney:

Teenage Australian tennis star Bernard Tomic locked himself in his house in a stand-off with police on Thursday over a traffic dispute involving his high-powered sports car.


Tomic, 19, who has been granted a special exemption from his provisional licence to drive his bright orange Aus$150,000 (US$130,000) BMW M3 to and from tennis training, shut himself in his home after police tried to pull him over.

A police car followed him home with siren blazing after he failed to stop, and officers had to wait outside the house for Tomic to come out, according to the Courier Mail newspaper.

One officer was allowed in and said the tennis star had been issued with two traffic infringement notices relating to his special licence.

Though there was a dispute about the tickets, the officer said Tomic had been "understanding and reasonable."

"There is a determination to be made about conditions in relation to his driving that will be decided at a later time," he added.

Tomic's lawyer Lex Bell said the tennis star "feels he is guiltless" but the matter was "well under investigation and there's nothing further to be said at the moment."

World number 38 Tomic has previously accused police of targeting him when he is out in the high-octane vehicle, and he later emerged to speak to the media, insisting he had done nothing wrong.

"They've given me three tickets and one officer feels like he wants to get me and it's not a good feeling," Tomic said, in comments reported by the AAP news agency.

"I was on a visit doing my stuff and enjoying my day and I had my things all planned, and someone doesn't like that and wants to stop that."

Tomic lost to childhood idol Roger Federer in the Australian Open quarter-finals last weekend but his run boosted his reputation as one of the game's emerging talents.

He was named Thursday in Australia's Davis Cup squad, with captain Pat Rafter commending the teen for his new-found maturity.

"I was very critical of him last year, he wasn't in the right headspace," Rafter said.

"I think the improvements he's made now, he's gone the right direction, and he really impressed me over this summer.... His whole mental well being is going the right direction."



Topics : Tennis Roger Federer David Ferrer Novak Djokovic Bernard Tomic Stanislas Wawrinka Rafael Nadal Andy Murray
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