Picture reveals how far Bernard Tomic has fallen: Australian collects modest trophy in entrance of ZERO followers as a substitute of taking part in at packed Melbourne Park after Australian Open snub
- Tomic denied wildcard for Australian Open for first time since 2008
- He was additionally denied a wildcard for qualifying, thereby ruling him out of the Slam.
- Tomic was pressured to play Challenger match in Qatar with out anybody
- In one other shock, he misplaced within the closing to an opponent ranked 778 on the planet
Doha’s Khalifa Worldwide Tennis and Squash Advanced is a good distance from Melbourne Park and the Australian Open, as Australian tennis star Bernard Tomic has discovered.
Because the likes of John Millman and Olivia Gadecki soaked up their opening-round victories on the Australian Open to thunderous applause from 1000’s of supporters, Tomic stood on courtroom earlier than anybody to gather his award this week.
Tomic, as soon as ranked as excessive as No. 17 on the planet, was denied wildcard entry into the Australian Open, lacking the match for the primary time since 2008.
Bernard Tomic together with his runner-up trophy on the M15 Doha 2023 tennis match in Qatar, pictured with winner Estonian Kristjan Tamm, ranked 778 on the planet
He’s now ranked 468 on the planet and is off to play Challenger Tour occasions to attempt to rebuild his shattered profession.
Not solely was Tomic not given a wildcard for the principle occasion in Melbourne, however he was additionally denied a wildcard for a qualifying match that would have helped him earn his place on the Grand Slam.
If he had been accepted into the qualifying match, he might have earned the fortunate loser spot after fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios was injured, however the door was additionally shut.
His falling out with Tennis Australia and Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt might not have helped his prospects.
Tomic is seen in motion throughout his match in opposition to Roman Safiulin of Russia throughout their 2022 Australian Open qualifying match on the Kia Area at Melbourne Park.
The winner and runner-up – together with Tomic – are offered on the courtroom in Doha, Qatar, with nobody within the stands to cheer them on
In the end, Craig Tilley, CEO of Tennis Australia, stated the choice was made to assist the youth.
“We’ve a group of individuals in our resolution making group that take a look at wildcard choices,” he stated.
,[They look at] Upcoming gamers, their taking part in strengths, what occasions they’ve been taking part in, how a lot they’ve been taking part in, are they the younger a part of our upcoming era. There are lots of components that go into it.
So Tomic was pressured to pack his package bag and head abroad to compete on the Challenger Tour as soon as once more, this time claiming the runner-up prize on the M15 Doha 2023 tennis match.
He was defeated by Estonian Kristjan Tam, who’s ranked 778 on the planet.
Tomic posted an image of himself with Tam on his Instagram account and captioned: ‘Nice begin to the yr. Thanks for maintaining me Qatar’.
Evidently, his social media ‘followers’ weren’t thrilled together with his newest achievement.
Followers cheer through the match between John Millman of Australia and Marc-Andrea Heusler of Switzerland on day one of many 2023 Australian Open
‘How are you not taking part in in AO?’ one fan requested sarcastically.
‘As a result of he’s taking part in in newbie tournaments and isn’t even within the Grand Slam class,’ replied one other.
Others had been extra supportive of Tomic, who managed to claw his means again from being ranked within the 800s to achieve his present rating.
‘8 factors near the place you belong. The consistency and constructive mindset the previous 6 months have been inspiring,’ stated one fan.
Stick with it brother. It is at all times darkest earlier than the daybreak,’ stated one other.