Bernard Tomic Say's He'll 'Count His Millions' After Loss
Aussie tennis bad boy Bernard Tomic has created more controversy following his loss to little known Italian Lorenzo Sonego yesterday.
This latest defeat means Tomic has qualified for the Australian Open, and his comments to reporters after the match has seen him put offside a number of fans, officials and former players.
Tomic told the press gallery:
"I just count money, that's all I do. I count my millions,"
"You go do what I did (on court). You go make $13, $14 million. Good luck, guys."
Tomic is at a career crossroads.
The world No.142 will further slump in the ATP rankings as he will lose his points earned from a third-round appearance at Melbourne Park last year.
Denied a wildcard from Tennis Australia and forced into qualifying, Tomic will now miss his home grand slam for the first time since 2008.
The fallen former Australian No.1's performances earlier in the week gave hope that a comeback could be on the cards.
He routed Vincent Millot in 48 minutes and then steadied against American Tommy Paul in the second round, winning in a third set tiebreak.
But Tomic's final qualifying outing at Melbourne Park began as a no-contest.
He won just 11 points in the first set, looking nonplussed at the Italian's procession of winners.
Moving poorly and with no intensity, Tomic simply gave away points on Sonego's serve deemed out of reach.
It was an unfortunate sight, exacerbated by the scheduling of the 2011 Wimbledon quarter finalist and biggest name in the qualifying tournament, on court eight.
Out of nowhere, he lifted in the second set, maximising his effort in his own service games to push through.
At 6-5, the Tomic grunt was back.
The crowd lifted with Tomic and he responded in the second-set tiebreak, fist-pumping his way back to the chair as he levelled the match.
Lorenzo showed signs of agitation for the first time in the third set, shaping to throw his racquet as he grappled with Tomic's improved serve.
A rare break point for Tomic in the ninth game roused the crowd but the Italian responded with two sensational winners.
Lorenzo maintained his week-long streak of service holds, pushing the contest towards another tiebreak.
At 5-4, Tomic double faulted to give away match points, pulling out a huge winner down the line to continue his resistance.
It didn't last, with Sonego closing out the match and richly celebrating his first main draw appearance at a grand slam.
Tomic is unlikely to be seen again at Melbourne Park this year, skipping the men's doubles event.
Tennis Australia declined to comment on Tomic's departure.
Whether he will return to the tour in a full-time capacity is yet to be made clear.