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.