Tomic may receive jail time, $20K fine

Rising Australian tennis star Bernard Tomic faces jail time and a $20,000 fine over his run-in with police last week.

He was charged with evading police after he allegedly refused to stop and later barricaded himself in his parents’ Gold Coast, Queensland, home on Jan. 26.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $20,000 fine but his high-profile criminal lawyer Chris Nyst called the charges "little more than a storm in a tea cup."

Tomic was pulled over by police and fined twice in less than two hours before the standoff, and on Tuesday police served the 19-year-old with a notice to appear on two more driving-related charges.

He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on February 14 to face the charges.

Australian drivers with a provisional license are not allowed to drive high-powered cars, but Tomic has an exemption to drive his orange V8 BMW M3 to and from training.

Nyst said that was where the issue became confusing, but he believes Tomic did nothing wrong.

Nyst has appealed to Queensland police commissioner Bob Atkinson to review the situation and said he doubted the matter would go to court, although police insisted they had "more than enough evidence" against the world No. 34.