Fallen Australian tennis star Bernard Tomic won’t feature in the main draw of the Australian Open after he lost the opening round of qualifying on Tuesday afternoon.
American Denis Kudla took just 68 minutes to dispatch of Tomic 7-6(4), 6-3 on 1573 Arena.
The 27-year-old will now miss the main draw of his home Grand Slam for the second time in three years and the third time since he joined the ATP Tour in 2008.
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After arriving at Melbourne Park ranked No. 88 in the world this time last year, Tomic is currently No. 183 and in danger of slipping outside the top 200 by the end of this tournament.
On a day where smoky conditions wreaked havoc in Melbourne — Maria Sharapova ended her match early at the Kooyong Classic, Dalila Jakupovic retired from a qualifier and Genie Bouchard requested a medical timeout for a breathing issue — Tomic also called for medical assistance to deal with a cough.
But Kudla, who is also 27 and is currently ranked No. 107, handled the conditions better and found a way to ease past the Queenslander and move within two wins of the main draw.
Kudla will now face Belarus native Ilya Ivashka in the second round of qualifying.
Tomic departs Melbourne Park with $20,000 in prizemoney and without a win on the ATP Tour since he beat compatriot Marc Polmans in the second round of qualifying in Montreal at the start of August.