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Tennis star Roscoe Tanner released from jail

March 21, 1997

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) _ Former tennis star Roscoe Tanner was released from the Somerset County jail Thursday, his lawyer said.

He was headed to Tennessee, where he was wanted on charges that he bounced a check for more than $10,000, lawyer Fred Sikora said.

Tanner, of Rising Fawn, Ga., was jailed last week for failing to abide by an agreement he signed two years ago, which ordered him to pay former Bernards Township resident Constance Romano $500,000 in child support. A blood test taken in 1994 showed there was a 99.46 percent likelihood Tanner was the father of Romano’s daughter.

Tanner will have to pay $8,000 in cash for child support in order to stay out of jail, a Superior Court judge ordered Wednesday.

Sikora said he will contest both the paternity and the amount of the child support payments in hearings over the next few weeks. Tanner has been ordered to pay $1,000 a month.

Tanner competed in the men’s professional circuit from 1971 to 1984, reaching the Wimbledon finals in 1979 and winning the 1977 Australian Open, his only Grand Slam title. He now competes on a seniors circuit.

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