The saga of Bernard Tomic’s car is finally over. The 19-year-old “bad boy of tennis” has been in hot water the last few weeks after getting hit with multiple traffic violations for speeding in his orange BMW on Australia Day last month.
Amid pressure, Tomic has given up his prized driving possession.
“It’s for sale and it’s up in an auction in Brisbane so that will take place whenever it does,” Tomic said.
“It’s a bit disappointing, but what can you do?” he added. “It’s all gone now. I’m playing tennis and sooner or later I’ll be out of the country.”
And the car reportedly sold earlier today for $146,000 AUS to a “mystery” buyer. The Tomic’s were hoping for $200K for the high powered luxury machine.
With the car controversy over, the young star joins Lleyton Hewitt, who turned down an initial offer on the BMW, for Australia’s Davis Cup tie this weekend against China.
Happy-go-lucky captain Patrick Rafter is also in good spirits, even taking a jab at Tomic’s sleeping habits. “We’re at the beach at 7am, Bernie’s just going to bed,” Rafter joked.
Tomic’s participation will force him out of San Jose next week. He is expected to be in the Memphis field later this month.
UPDATE: According to a new report from the Brisbane Times, Tomic’s BMW did not meet the reserve price and the offer was declined by Bernard’s father. The car did not sell and remains in the Tomic’s possession.
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