Bernard Tomic is set to watch the whole Australian Open for the first time in a decade at home. The current world No. 140, who made his first appearance at Melbourne Park in 2008 at 15 age, is unlikely to play in the qualifying draw of the first Grand Slam of the year, and won't get a main draw wildcard from the organizers.
Tomic's relationship with Tennis Australia is a complicated one: the federation tried to help him offering him to join a training camp in Melbourne with the Davis Cup team captain Lleyton Hewitt last month and play the Australian Open wildcard playoffs, which he didn't.
'We made the offer — Lleyton did — we said ‘We’d just like you to play the Australian Open wildcard playoff and if you just make yourself available, you give yourself a good chance to get in', said the tournament director Craig Tiley, as quoted by the Herald Sun.
'Now to get into the Australian Open, he’s not going to be getting a wildcard. He’d have to go into qualifying so that’s a decision for him. I would hope that Bernie would want to play (qualifying), but he’s indicated that that’s likely not the case.' Tomic withdrew from Brisbane qualies last week, we will see what his final decision is.