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Old 10-29-2012, 02:52 PM   #41
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Tennis star Bernard Tomic under police investigation after a Surfers Paradise brawl

IF only he fought so long and so hard on the court.

Tennis ace Bernard Tomic is in strife with the law yet again after turning on police during an early morning brawl following a wild night of partying at Surfers Paradise.

Officers were called to the Moroccan Apartments on the glitter strip at 5.30am yesterday after a fight broke out in the spa between Tomic and a male friend. When police arrived they separated the two before Tomic turned on officers.

He reminded police of "who he was" and accused them of running a hate campaign against him after his Australia Day run-in this year.

Police sources said Tomic appeared to be agitated.

The incident comes just days before he is due to face Southport Magistrates Court on a string of hooning charges, including evading police.

On Australia Day this year, Tomic was issued a $300 ticket for driving his bright orange BMW M3 V8 in breach of the special conditions of his licence. Queensland law bans P-platers under 25 from driving eight-cylinder cars. Tomic had an exemption to drive to training.

Tomic was also charged with not keeping his $150,000 car to the left of the double dividing road lines and failing to stop for police. He has previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.

While police have not charged him over this latest run-in, it is still under investigation. The latest incident tops off Tomic's annus horribilis, a year best forgotten both on and off the court.

The man once considered Australia's next great tennis hope has slid from a ranking of 28 to 49 in recent months following a lacklustre performance that has seem him only twice make it past the second round of a tournament.

His efforts have earned him the moniker "Tomic the Tank Engine" after he was accused by John McEnroe of "tanking it" in his US Open capitulation to Andy Roddick.

Tomic's high-profile defence lawyer Chris Nyst said yesterday: "So far as I am aware, there's no suggestion Mr Tomic has committed any offence of any kind. If there is, he certainly hasn't been charged or even questioned about it. So I'm really not sure what all the ruckus is about.

"Obviously the police have seen some use in splashing these allegations in the media, which is pretty unfortunate, particularly given Mr Tomic has to conduct a trial against police in court next week."

Tomic celebrated his 20th birthday last weekend and it is understood the birthday bender lasted for days.
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