'77 Aussie Open winner Tanner arrested

Updated: October 18, 2005, 12:22 PM ET
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Former tennis star Roscoe Tanner was in jail Tuesday after his arrest for violating probation.

Tanner, a Chattanooga native who won the 1977 Australian Open, was arrested Monday on a fugitive warrant from Florida and will remain in the Knox County jail without bail pending an extradition hearing Oct. 24, officials said.

Florida authorities list Tanner as an absconder/fugitive. He was sentenced to 10 years' probation in November 2003 in Florida for bouncing a $35,595 check he used to buy a boat in 2000. The Pinellas County state attorney's office has accused Tanner of failing to make restitution payments.

In 2004, Tanner was arrested in Orange County, Calif., on a warrant from New Jersey on charges of failing to pay more than $80,000 in child support for a daughter he fathered there. He was sentenced to a year of probation for that offense.

Besides his Australian title, Tanner was runner-up in 1979 at Wimbledon, losing a five-set match to Bjorn Borg. Known for his fast serve, Tanner won about $2 million in prize money and played on the U.S. Davis Cup team.


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