Bernard Tomic a match away from main draw

Bernard Tomic a match away from main draw

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Bernard Tomic made his debut at the Australian Open in 2009 at the age of 16 and he became the youngest player who won a match at the first Major of the season.

His only option was to try to fight his way through qualifying but, after winning two matches, he was beaten 6-1, 6-7, 6-4 by Italy's Lorenzo Sonego in the final round.

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

The 25-year-old has slumped to 142nd in the rankings and his frequently poor attitude meant he was not awarded a wild card by tournament organisers.

"You go do what I did. Good luck guys. Bye bye".


Tomic is just one win away from qualifying for the home grand slam, with world no.217 Lorenzo Sonego standing in his way in the third round of qualifiers. "I count my millions", Tomic was quoted as telling reporters in Melbourne.

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

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

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.

Tomic's career has also been affected by off-court controversy.

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