Australian Open: Tomic edges Paul. Wins for Escobedo and Pospisil

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2018

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 weird post-match interview.

He had the chance to serve out the second set at 6-5 but lost the game and a subsequent tiebreak in his effort to reach a second main draw.

The 25-year-old was particularly blunt to reporters after losing to unknown Italian player Lorenzo Sonego, who is ranked 281th in the world.

It's a less than ideal start to 2018 for Tomic who voiced his difficulty finding passion for the sport a year ago, suggesting it was more about money and voiced a similar sentiment after this loss.

"I just count money, that is all I do".

It was a bad day all round for Australians with John-Patrick Smith and Bradley Mousley also both missing out on qualification at the final hurdle.

Tomic's performance on Sunday means that he will miss his home grand slam for the first time since 2008, even though performances earlier in the week gave hope that a comeback could be on the cards for the fallen former Australian number one. "I count my millions".

Drained after the taxing loss, Tomic sarcastically responded to journalists asking him where he'd go from the loss.

'You go do what I did (on court).

"You go make 13-14 million".

Performing under the closed roof over the Margaret Court Arena, Bernard Tomic took down Tommy Paul by 6-0 6-7 7-6 in 2 hours and 11 minutes to stay in contention for his 10th consecutive Australian Open main draw.

After reaching the third round of the Open a year ago, Tomic won just eight more matches in a dismal season.

Tomic's behaviour echoed controversial comments he made a year ago following his early exit from Wimbledon, where he admitted that he was "a little bored" after being accused of faking an injury and deliberately tanking his first-round match against Mischa Zverev.

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