Former Australian number one Bernard Tomic failed to qualify for the Australian Open as he lost 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 to Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the final round of qualifying in Melbourne.
Tomic then opened fire at the media in a bizarre post-match interview when asked whether this represented a career crossroads for him, Tomic responded sarcastically to journalists.
“I just count money, that’s all I do. I count my millions,” he said. “You go make 13-14 million. Good luck guys.”
The remark echoed his reaction to criticism for a lack of commitment in Madrid last year, when he said: “Would you care if you were 23 and worth over $10m?”
Tennis Australia chose not to hand Tomic an automatic wildcard spot in the lead up to the event, nor did he take up the offer of a spot in the wildcard play-off in December.
The Australian said before attempting qualification, which involves three knock-out matches, that he had never relied on Tennis Australia.
“I’m not going to say anything [about not getting a wildcard],” he said.
“It’s their view and I’ve never needed the help of Tennis Australia to achieve what I’ve achieved in my career.
“For me, it’s not a big problem,” the 25-year-old said.
This will be the first time Tomic has not appeared at the Australian Open since 2008.