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Tomic admits driving charges

Australian tennis player fined and put on good behaviour bond

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Gold Coast, Australia: Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic has been fined A$1,750 (Dh6,652) and put on a 12-month good-behaviour bond after facing court on Monday to answer four driving charges resulting from twice being stopped by police on Australia Day in January.

Tomic was found guilty on the only charge he contested — failing to stop for police, having argued he had an earlier instruction from officers to drive directly home. He was fined A$750 for that offence but no conviction was recorded.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching conditions of his special license and another of failing to keep left of dividing lines, resulting in A$1,000 of fines.

Tomic told reporters outside the Southport Magistrates Court he was glad to put the matter behind him.

“It was a big misunderstanding,” he said. “I’m glad it’s over. It’s been really difficult for my tennis and myself. Now I can really focus on my tennis and getting my performance back to where it should be.”