Tennis ace Tomic targeted by cop?

2011-12-15 08:23

SYDNEY, Australia – Australian teenage tennis star Bernard Tomic on Wednesday said he was being targeted by a police officer who he said had repeatedly pulled over his distinctive orange sports car.

The 19-year-old, ranked 42 in the world, has been granted a special exemption from his provisional licence to drive his high-octane BMW M3 (priced from around R790 000 in SA) to and from tennis training.

But the teenager, who this year became the youngest man to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals since Boris Becker in 1986, said he was pulled over by a policeman in the state of Queensland on Sunday night for allegedly "hooning" – that’s reckless driving or street racing.

Tomic told the Courier Mail: "The car's very loud but I don't know what he defines as hooning. I didn't speed, I didn't do any of that stuff."


Tomic said he felt the officer had taken a personal dislike to him and was "always on my tail", insisting he had done nothing wrong and was simply going "about my business as a tennis player".

"He's pulled me over a few times but now it's starting to get a little bit more aggressive," he said. "I've got training, gym, massages and meetings I have to go to... my days are very busy getting ready for the summer.

"I don't know what it is - jealousy or whatever - but this policeman seems to have it in for me. If I did the wrong thing, he would charge me, but he hasn't."

The officer involved had been cleared of any wrongdoing.

A police spokeswoman told AFP: "The issues... have been overviewed by a senior officer and no evidence of any breach of discipline or misconduct has been identified."


  • Willie - 2011-12-15 08:58

    It's amazing. I have the same problem. I have a bike that is also quite noisy, then people also moan that I am speeding. Amazing how dumb people really are. I had a beetle that was also noisy. Would you believe they also said I was speeding (because we all know beetles are very fast). Gotta love how screwed up people's senses are.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-15 09:51

      You are noisy. Shut up.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-15 16:24

      Tomic looks like a twat.

  • Michael - 2011-12-15 09:22

    It's bright orange mate! Nuff said!

  • Frank - 2011-12-15 09:42

    a 19 year old in a modified m3 that doesn`t speed ?i`m thinking the little tennis player is fibbing slightly.

      Frank - 2011-12-15 09:45

      typical bm driver too,pulled off for driving like a toss and probably not indicating but he`s reckoning is it`s `jealousy`.get over yourself twirp!

      Jango - 2011-12-15 13:22

      Another VW driver who cannot afford a BMW. Get a life - twirp!

      Frank - 2011-12-15 13:37

      jango proves my point,bm drivers think they`re high and mighty cos they pay for a bmw,you never hear this from audi,merc,porsche drivers etc.it`s little weener syndrome,somehow bmw badge attracts them,i can now see why you`re such an angry oke.i garuntee my life is much better than yours so try and atleast come up with your own insult instead of copying mine,but then again,bm drivers do always tend to follow like sheep and can`t think for themselves.

      nbasson - 2011-12-15 16:08

      Hey! He bought a BMW, he MUST be cool now and obviously "has a life" ok!

  • Kwashic - 2011-12-15 17:31

    Lol @ Andrew.... just an hour ago, i pull out into the passing lane and a Range Rover driver way behind accelerates hard and flashes his lights like i should get my Corolla out of his way..... ha ha ha. Wrong Corolla bloke. I simply chilled on and ignored him until the traffic allowed me space to move into the left lane so he could pass. I dont take rubbish from those who think because they drive expensive cars then they have more rights on the road. Flashing lights and big grilles dont scare me.

  • Trevor - 2011-12-15 18:58

    Only thing loud is that stupid paint job...we produce those colours for people with to much money wanting/needing attention...I call it, small penis syndrome...so boet, you wanted attention, well you getting it...grow up

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