Tomic misses out on Aussie Open

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - TENNIS SPORT - — Leo Schlink

BERNARD Tomic has fol­lowed his trau­matic Aus­tralian Open qual­i­fy­ing de­feat by ap­par­ently again boast­ing about his wealth.

“All I do is count my mil­lions, you try do­ing what I do,” Tomic said af­ter fad­ing to Mel­bourne Park de­feat against un­her­alded Ital­ian Lorenzo Sonego.

Ranked 218th in the world, Sonego in­flicted Tomic’s lat­est ten­nis ig­nominy with a 6-1 6-7 6-4 third-round vic­tory.

Sonego will now con­test the first grand slam main draw match of his ca­reer, leav­ing Tomic to con­tem­plate an un­cer­tain fu­ture.

Tomic’s com­ments about money are an echo of his post-Wim­ble­don boasts last year, when he said: “You prob­a­bly don’t like me but, at only 24, you guys can only dream about hav­ing what I have. End of the day, don’t like me or what­ever. Just go back dream­ing about your dream car or house while I go buy them.”

Win­less at grand slam level since last year’s Aus­tralian Open, Tomic (pic­tured) picked up $30,000 for the Sonego loss.

But his lack of fit­ness was again a fac­tor in the the three-set en­counter. Now doomed to a rank­ings fall to about No 170 in the world, Tomic’s next obli­ga­tion might not be ten­nis.

Net­work Ten dropped the big­gest hint yet Tomic will head to the wilds of Africa as the Queens­lan­der be­fore the Gold Coaster lost to Sonego.

The net­work has is­sued a pro­mo­tional teaser re­fer­ring to a “ten­nis star” be­ing “at break point be­fore they know it.”

Aus­tralian ten­nis has been awash with ru­mours the former No 17 had signed up for the show, which will be tele­vised from Jan­uary 28 – the night of the Aus­tralian Open men’s fi­nal.


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