Tomic's troubles continue, misses a spot at Australian Open

Bernard Tomic’s troubles have continued into 2018 with a loss in the last round of qualifying for the Australian Open.

Tomic lost 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-4 to Lorenzo Sonego on Sunday in the third round of qualifying for the main draw of the season’s first major.

It will be the first time in 10 years that Tomic will miss his national championship, where he has a 17-9 win-loss record.

He lost in the third round last year and in the fourth round in 2016, the year he reached a career-high No. 17 ranking.

Tomic struggled with form, motivation and injury concerns last year as he lost in the first round of 13 tournaments, including Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

He was widely criticized after comments he made following the loss to Mischa Zverev at Wimbledon and was subsequently fined $15,000, roughly one-third of his tournament prize money.

The penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct was announced two days after Tomic spoke about feeling “a little bit bored out there” during his match against Zverev.

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