Bernard Tomic: 'I'd love to qualify for Australian Open'

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Bernard Tomic: 'I'd love to qualify for Australian Open'

Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic was happy to get some action under his belt as he featured the Priceline Pharmacy Kooyong Classic opening day. The 25-year-old suffered a 6-3 6-3 loss to Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka in his first match of the season.

The Australian previously pulled out from the Brisbane International qualifying after he wasn't handed a direct main draw wildcard entry. World No. 142 Tomic is due to play at the Australian Open qualifying event -- which starts on Wednesday -- as he wasn't handed an Australian Open main draw entry.

"It was good to get on the court today," Tomic told reporters after the match. "It was very windy but kind of better than it was this way, and anything is possible tomorrow, it can get really windy and I obviously need matches. "I haven't played that much tennis the last six months, so anything is good for me now… it's not an issue that I’m playing qualies for me I just need more matches and get back to feeling confident on the court." An 18-year-old Tomic won three qualifying matches and then four main draw matches to reach the 2011 Wimbledon quarter-finals -- where he couldn't beat Serb Novak Djokovic.

"I know the last qualies I was in at a Slam I made the quarters when I was 18 at Wimbledon so I think for me as long as you’re playing well you can always believe in yourself and play well from that," Tomic added.

"The last few months I've been doing the right things and I've just got to get that momentum back. "My timing was pretty good… I’d love to qualify and do well but it's going to be tough there’s a lot of good players in the qualifying and you have to respect everyone, so we'll see how it goes." Also read: Bernard Tomic officially confirmed for Australian Open qualifying