For first time in 10 years, Tomic won't play Australian Open

Bernard Tomic a match away from main draw

Bernard Tomic a match away from main draw

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Bernard Tomic has bowed out of the Australian Open ahead of the start of the tournament proper, before opening fire at the media in a freakish post-match interview.

Italian Lorenzo Sonego toppled the Aussie by 6-1 6-7 6-4 in an hour and 51 minutes to advance to his maiden Grand Slam main draw and leave Tomic empty-handed.

"I just count money, that's all I do", he told Channel 7.

The 25-year-old would lose a tight third and final set 6-4. You go make 13-14 million.

His Australian Open fate will be decided on Sunday afternoon.


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?"

Local media have reported he is considering taking part in the Australian version of television show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

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

He lost in the third round last year and in the fourth round in 2016, the year he reached a career-high No. 17 ranking.

The Australian has failed to qualify for the first time since 2008, after Tennis Australia chose not to offer the world number 142 a wildcard following his defeat to Sonego.

Tomic has also been hit by controversy off-court too.

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