Bernard Tomic has failed to qualify for the Australian Open, eliminated by Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the deciding qualifier.
The sometimes-reluctant Tomic fought off American Tommy Paul 6-0, 6-7, 7-6 in a second-round qualifier on Margaret Court Arena today to reach the final phase, to be completed tomorrow.
The 25-year-old, who has reached the fourth round of the slam on three occasions while he advanced to the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 2011, will now watch from afar with his career at a cross-road, though he was unfazed post-match.
The remark is nearly history repeating itself after the Australian came under fire for his "lack of commitment" in Madrid previous year when he said: "Would you care if you were 23 and worth over $10m?"
Tomic is just one win away from qualifying for the home grand slam, with world no.217 Lorenzo Sonego standing in his way in the third round of qualifiers.
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With the Australian Open just around the corner, one player has again put himself under the spotlight, even after failing to qualify.
Tomic is reportedly set to feature on the latest series of Channel 10's I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.
Tomic was fined $15,000 (£11,581) at last year's Wimbledon for saying he was "bored" and feigning injury during his defeat by Mischa Zverev of Germany.
Further questions were raised about his attitude when he held his racquet by the strings when facing match point in a Madrid Open tie past year.