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August 6, 2003 | Richard Luscombe, Special to The Times
Roscoe Tanner, the former Australian Open tennis champion, was in jail in Florida on Tuesday after being extradited on a fraud charge from Germany, where he avoided authorities for a year. The 1979 Wimbledon finalist, who once boasted a 153-mph serve, is alleged to have cheated a Tampa yacht broker out of more than $35,000 on the purchase of a boat two years ago, then bounced a repayment check on a $10,000 loan secured on the boat's title.
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January 18, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Former tennis star Roscoe Tanner has been sentenced to two years in prison for violating probation on a grand theft conviction. Tanner, 55, was sentenced Friday, Pinellas County court records show. He was sentenced to 10 years' probation in November 2003 in Florida for bouncing a $35,595 check he'd used to buy a 32-foot boat in 2000. Then he was arrested in Tennessee in October, accused of violating his probation by failing to make restitution payments.
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September 30, 2005 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
The man who once wielded the fastest serve in professional tennis, who had won the Australian Open in 1977, was on his way to giving a tennis lesson that would pay him $75, not much more than he had to his name. To get there, he borrowed a friend's beat-up 1986 Toyota Tercel, then turned the wrong way onto a one-way street. That's how it's been lately for Roscoe Tanner -- a bunch of wrong turns.
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September 30, 2005 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
The man who once wielded the fastest serve in professional tennis, who had won the Australian Open in 1977, was on his way to giving a tennis lesson that would pay him $75, not much more than he had to his name. To get there, he borrowed a friend's beat-up 1986 Toyota Tercel, then turned the wrong way onto a one-way street. That's how it's been lately for Roscoe Tanner -- a bunch of wrong turns.
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April 18, 1993
Roscoe Tanner defeated Ilie Nastase, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, Saturday in a charity exhibition match in front of 500 at Sherwood Country Club. Several of Tanner's serves were clocked at more than 100 m.p.h. as he broke Nastase twice to win the first set. Nastase, 47, led, 3-0, in the second set before gaining two more breaks to wrap up the set. He held serve to open the third, but Tanner, 41, won the next six games to take the two-hour match.
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January 18, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Former tennis star Roscoe Tanner has been sentenced to two years in prison for violating probation on a grand theft conviction. Tanner, 55, was sentenced Friday, Pinellas County court records show. He was sentenced to 10 years' probation in November 2003 in Florida for bouncing a $35,595 check he'd used to buy a 32-foot boat in 2000. Then he was arrested in Tennessee in October, accused of violating his probation by failing to make restitution payments.
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October 24, 2002 | Richard Luscombe, Special to The Times
MIAMI -- Roscoe Tanner, the former Australian Open champion and Davis Cup winner, on Wednesday denied allegations of fraud as police in Florida revealed that they are actively seeking his arrest. Tanner, 51, a Davis Cup winner in 1981 and former Wimbledon finalist, is accused of swindling Tampa yacht broker Gene Gammon out of $36,000 over the purchase of a yacht, and faces arrest if he returns to the United States. He is currently in Karlsruhe, Germany.
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October 13, 1991 | DANNY ROBBINS
A recent innovation in tennis is the use of radar guns at tournaments to measure the speed of serves. And when the speed of a player's serve is measured, the name Roscoe Tanner invariably comes up. Tanner, who turns 40 next week and is now the director of tennis for the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, ranks as the leader in the fast-serve category, having been clocked at 153 m.p.h. during a tournament in Palm Springs in the late 1970s.
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April 24, 1994 | DANA HADDAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Roscoe Tanner signed up to play the 95th Ojai Valley tennis tournament, engravers might have prematurely etched his name on the men's open championship trophy. After all, Tanner, a resident of Westlake Village, has won a grand slam event. He beat Guillermo Vilas to win the 1977 Australian Open. The Ojai doesn't often attract players of that stature anymore. But former Thousand Oaks resident Sean Brawley wasn't fazed. He beat Tanner 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, in the semifinal round Saturday.
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October 30, 1988 | Thomas Bonk
Remember Roscoe Tanner? Huge serve. So big it had its own ZIP code. Tanner hasn't played a Grand Prix event in 4 years, but he is still known for the speed of his serve, which was once clocked at 153 m.p.h. That was in 1977 against Raul Ramirez in the final of a tournament at Mission Hills. "One of the things that has never been said is that I couldn't do anything else," Tanner said. "In tennis, the way it's set up, you can only serve half the games." That is true.
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August 6, 2003 | Richard Luscombe, Special to The Times
Roscoe Tanner, the former Australian Open tennis champion, was in jail in Florida on Tuesday after being extradited on a fraud charge from Germany, where he avoided authorities for a year. The 1979 Wimbledon finalist, who once boasted a 153-mph serve, is alleged to have cheated a Tampa yacht broker out of more than $35,000 on the purchase of a boat two years ago, then bounced a repayment check on a $10,000 loan secured on the boat's title.
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October 24, 2002 | Richard Luscombe, Special to The Times
MIAMI -- Roscoe Tanner, the former Australian Open champion and Davis Cup winner, on Wednesday denied allegations of fraud as police in Florida revealed that they are actively seeking his arrest. Tanner, 51, a Davis Cup winner in 1981 and former Wimbledon finalist, is accused of swindling Tampa yacht broker Gene Gammon out of $36,000 over the purchase of a yacht, and faces arrest if he returns to the United States. He is currently in Karlsruhe, Germany.
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April 24, 1994 | DANA HADDAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Roscoe Tanner signed up to play the 95th Ojai Valley tennis tournament, engravers might have prematurely etched his name on the men's open championship trophy. After all, Tanner, a resident of Westlake Village, has won a grand slam event. He beat Guillermo Vilas to win the 1977 Australian Open. The Ojai doesn't often attract players of that stature anymore. But former Thousand Oaks resident Sean Brawley wasn't fazed. He beat Tanner 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, in the semifinal round Saturday.
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April 18, 1993
Roscoe Tanner defeated Ilie Nastase, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, Saturday in a charity exhibition match in front of 500 at Sherwood Country Club. Several of Tanner's serves were clocked at more than 100 m.p.h. as he broke Nastase twice to win the first set. Nastase, 47, led, 3-0, in the second set before gaining two more breaks to wrap up the set. He held serve to open the third, but Tanner, 41, won the next six games to take the two-hour match.
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October 13, 1991 | DANNY ROBBINS
A recent innovation in tennis is the use of radar guns at tournaments to measure the speed of serves. And when the speed of a player's serve is measured, the name Roscoe Tanner invariably comes up. Tanner, who turns 40 next week and is now the director of tennis for the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, ranks as the leader in the fast-serve category, having been clocked at 153 m.p.h. during a tournament in Palm Springs in the late 1970s.
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June 15, 1990 | SAM FARMER
In his salad days, Roscoe Tanner could wilt any green foe with his blistering serve. The string-scorching projectiles left the knees of opponents on the professional tennis tour knocking. One Roscoe rocket reportedly was clocked at 164 m.p.h. A decade later, Tanner still is recognized for his service ace. Make that ace service. A Westlake Village resident, Tanner is the head pro at the exclusive Sherwood Country Club in Lake Sherwood.
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June 15, 1990 | SAM FARMER
In his salad days, Roscoe Tanner could wilt any green foe with his blistering serve. The string-scorching projectiles left the knees of opponents on the professional tennis tour knocking. One Roscoe rocket reportedly was clocked at 164 m.p.h. A decade later, Tanner still is recognized for his service ace. Make that ace service. A Westlake Village resident, Tanner is the head pro at the exclusive Sherwood Country Club in Lake Sherwood.
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August 27, 2004
LAGUNA NIGUEL A former tennis pro was arrested Thursday in Laguna Niguel on a fugitive warrant for failing to pay $80,000 in back child support in New Jersey, officials said. Roscoe Tanner, 52, is being held at the Orange County Jail on $50,000 bail.
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October 30, 1988 | Thomas Bonk
Remember Roscoe Tanner? Huge serve. So big it had its own ZIP code. Tanner hasn't played a Grand Prix event in 4 years, but he is still known for the speed of his serve, which was once clocked at 153 m.p.h. That was in 1977 against Raul Ramirez in the final of a tournament at Mission Hills. "One of the things that has never been said is that I couldn't do anything else," Tanner said. "In tennis, the way it's set up, you can only serve half the games." That is true.
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