Tomic slammed for counting money jibe
Melbourne: Bernard Tomic faced a heavy backlash today after boasting "I just count my millions" in response to failing to negotiate qualifying for the Australian Open.
Once a rising star, the 25-year-old's ranking has plunged after a car-crash 2017 season in which he admitted he was "bored" and not always giving 100 per cent.
He missed out on a wildcard to his home Grand Slam from Tennis Australia after failing to front up for the December playoff, forcing him to go through three sudden-death qualifying matches. He negotiated two but not the third on Sunday, denying him entry to the Open for a 10th straight year. Reports said he could now be heading to take part in a reality TV show. In his only post-match comments afterwards, he said sarcastically: "I just count money, that's all I do. I count my millions. "You go do what I did. You go make 13-14 million. Good luck guys. Bye bye," he added.
It sparked a fierce backlash on social media, including from ex-players. Former Grand Slam winner Andy Roddick said he had no sympathy for Tomic. "Maybe stop for a second and think of the millions you've left on the table," he wrote on Twitter. When someone criticised Roddick, the American said Tomic's troubles were "self-inflicted".