Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Bernard Tomic Fails In Attempt To Qualify For The Australian Open

Bernard Tomic Fails In Attempt To Qualify For The Australian Open

Tomic's career slumped to a new low on Sunday, the former world number 17 - ranked 142 and set to slide further - stunned by unheralded Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 in the final round of Australian Open qualifying at Melbourne Park.

It was a ideal start for Sonego, he lost 2 points on serve in the opening set and got 2 breaks in games 4 and 6 for a commanding 6-1 in just over 20 minutes.

'I just count money, that's all I do, ' he said. You go do what I did (on court). You go make 13-14 million.

The remark is nearly history repeating itself after the Australian came under fire for his "lack of commitment" in Madrid past year when he said: "Would you care if you were 23 and worth over $10m?"

A two-time junior Grand Slam champion, Tomic became Australian number one and reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals as an 18-year-old qualifier in 2011.

With the Australian Open just around the corner, one player has again put himself under the spotlight, even after failing to qualify. "I count my millions", Tomic was quoted as telling reporters in Melbourne.

Tomic struggled with form, motivation and injury concerns previous year as he lost in the first round of 13 tournaments, including Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Tennis Australia had chosen not to hand Tomic an automatic wildcard spot for the Open.

He was left out in 2015 after accusing the governing body of abandoning him following hip surgery in 2014, but has since returned to the team.

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