Australian Open

Tomic in police stand-off

2012-01-26 10:33
Bernard Tomic (File)

Sydney - Teenage Australian tennis star Bernard Tomic was reportedly locked in a stand-off with police at his Gold Coast home on Thursday after refusing to pull over in his high-powered sports car.

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

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

One officer, Inspector Glenn Allen, was allowed into the Tomic family home briefly and said the tennis star wanted to make "some sort of complaint, although the nature of it was not clear."

"At this stage we are waiting for Tomic's lawyer to come," Allen told reporters outside the house, according to the AAP newswire.

He wasn't able to confirm what had sparked the incident.

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, according to AAP.

"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 newfound 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."

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