2/4/12 6:13 AM | Johan Lindahl
Trouble with traffic cops, resulting in a mandatory court appearance, forces Bernard Tomic to withdraw from San Jose.
Bernard Tomic's Queensland traffic troubles are starting to have an impact on his tennis, with the Australian forced to withdraw from this month's San Jose ATP event as it clashes with his hearing in front of a local judge to contest two cop road stops a fortnight ago in his hometown.
The world No. 34 had been hoping to pick up on a successful Australian Open, where he reached the fourth round and began to come further into his own as the heir apparent to Lleyton Hewitt. But Tomic must front a local judge after being stopped twice on the same day by police for poor driving with his provisional license.
Tomic, 19, at first said he had a leg injury but later changed his withdrawal reason in San Jose to personal reasons. By doing that he avoids a fine for a late withdrawal. The teen is charged with two traffic violations for driving in his high-powered, flame-orange BMW coupe, which he is only allowed to drive for tennis purposes of training and matches.
Now, with the furor over his traffic dramas big news in Australia, Tomic has said he will reluctantly sell his supercar worth around $160,000 new.
"I wish to move forward from this and use it as part of my learning experience, so I've decided to sell my BMW," Tomic told Brisbane's Courier-Mail. "I'll put my dream car on hold for a while and in the next few years I'll look again and hopefully I will be able to find a similar car. I now want to focus on my tennis without any distractions."
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