Gold Coaster Bernard Tomic’s shocking year continues after a disastrous first-round loss at the US Open in New York.
Tomic lost 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to 19th seed Gilles Muller in his first match back since being fined $US15,000 for saying he was “a little bored” during his first-round Wimbledon loss to Mischa Zverev.
The loss means Tomic will likely slide down to 142nd in the ATP rankings.
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If the TSS Graduate cannot recover some form and push up the rankings, he’ll face the humiliating prospect of having to qualify for the Australian Open next year.
Tomic needs to get to 105 on the ladder by the end of the season, or the 24-year-old will require a wildcard entry to play in his home major.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 28, 2017
Thanasi Kokkinakis has also been knocked out in the first round at Flushing Meadows this morning; the Aussie lost in five sets to Janko Tipsarević.
The Australian women started strongly however, with Arina Rodionova, Ash Barty and Ajla Tomjanovic all through to the second round.