Bernard Tomic out of Australian Open after losing in qualifiers

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Bernard Tomic's Australian Open campaign is over before the tournament proper even begins after a three-set final-round qualifying loss to Italian Lorenzo Sonego.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 14:  Bernard Tomic of Australia walks off after losing his third round match against Lorenzo Sonego of Italy during 2018 Australian Open Qualifying at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Bernard Tomic of Australia walks off after losing his third round match against Lorenzo Sonego of Italy during 2018 Australian Open Qualifying at Melbourne Park in Australia.

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Tomic looked shattered after a 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 defeat today, calling for the trainer and not moving to return serves in the often-punishing first set.

He rallied in the second set to force a decider but came up short, snapping his seven-year streak of playing in every major and leaving him at a career crossroads.

He was spent after the taxing loss, sarcastically responding to journalists asking him where he'd go from the loss.

"I just count money, that's all I do. I count my millions," he said.

"You go do what I did. Bye bye."

Tomic, the world No.142, will further slump in the ATP rankings as he will lose his points earned from a third-round appearance at Melbourne Park last year.

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