January 17, 2006

Ex-tennis champ Roscoe Tanner jailed in Florida

MIAMI (Reuters) - U.S. tennis champion Roscoe Tanner was
sentenced to two years in jail for violating his probation on a
theft conviction, a court official said on Tuesday.

Tanner, 54, winner of the 1977 Australian Open tennis
tournament, was sentenced to 10 years probation in 2003 for
trying to pay for a boat with a worthless check.

He was arrested in his native Tennessee last fall on a
Florida warrant on a charge of violating probation for failing
to make restitution payments.

The two-year sentence handed down on Friday in Pinellas
County Court was the latest of Tanner's legal troubles since
his retirement from professional tennis, including stints in
jail on charges of failure to pay debts and child support.

Tanner, one of the top players of his era and known for a
booming serve, won the Australian Open in 1977 over Guillermo
Vilas and was runner-up in the 1979 Wimbledon final, where he
lost to Bjorn Borg.