Printed: January 14, 2018 4:18 pm
Bernard Tomic’s problems have continued into 2018 with a reduction in the very last spherical of qualifying for the Australian Open up.
Tomic shed 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-4 to Lorenzo Sonego on Sunday in the third spherical of qualifying for the main attract of the season’s first main.
It will be the first time in 10 a long time that Tomic will miss out on his nationwide championship, the place he has a 17-9 earn-reduction history.
He shed in the third spherical very last calendar year and in the fourth spherical in 2016, the calendar year he attained a job-significant No. 17 position.
Tomic struggled with kind, drive and injury problems very last calendar year as he shed in the first spherical of 13 tournaments, which includes Wimbledon and the U.S. Open up.
He was greatly criticized after opinions he manufactured subsequent the reduction to Mischa Zverev at Wimbledon and was subsequently fined $15,000, roughly a single-third of his event prize funds.
The penalty for unsportsmanlike carry out was announced two days after Tomic spoke about emotion “a minor bit bored out there” for the duration of his match from Zverev.
He said he “just could not come across any motivation” to compete and acknowledged that when he referred to as for a health-related timeout, he was attempting to “break a bit of momentum.”
Tomic completed 2017 at No. 142 in the rankings, this means he missed out on direct entry to the 128-player singles attract at Melbourne Park, and Australian Open up organizers declined to give him a wildcard entry.
That still left the 25-calendar year-outdated Australian needing to compete for a single of the 16 places for qualifiers in the main attract, which commences Monday.
He saved two match details from Sonego as he served to stay in the match in the third established but, after questioning a baseline simply call that gave the Italian a third match place, Tomic netted a backhand to finish it off.
Sonego completed with 13 aces and 50 winners and fended off both of those breakpoints he confronted, when Tomic experienced 16 winners and 30 unforced faults and experienced his serve broken three times.