Former US Open champion Andy Roddick has sent a blunt message to Bernard Tomic over the wayward Australian's faltering tennis career.
Tomic narrowly lost in the third round of Australian Open qualifying on Sunday as Italian Lorenzo Sonego won 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-4.
Drained after the taxing loss, Tomic sarcastically responded to journalists asking him where he'd go from the loss.
"I just count money, that's all I do," he said.
"I count my millions. You go do what I did. You go make 13-14 million (dollars). Good luck guys."
His comments attracted immediate scorn from tennis fans around the world.
The former world No.1 Roddick, however, refused to jump on the wagon with harsh words and instead chose carefully.
"Maybe stop for a second and think of the millions you’ve left on the table," tweeted the American.
"Two options I suggest ..... work hard and count more.... (or) stop playing the game you seemingly hate, and count all day in private.
Maybe stop for a second and think of the millions you’ve left on the table .... https://t.co/t27GA4WHyG— andyroddick (@andyroddick) January 14, 2018
"No problem if his motivation is financial. We all tick differently."
Roddick clarified that he had "no sympathy" for Tomic despite his well-reasoned comments towards the 25-year-old Australian.
Agreed. Two options I suggest ..... work hard and count more.... stop playing the game you seemingly hate, and count all day in private. No problem if his motivation is financial. We all tick differently— andyroddick (@andyroddick) January 14, 2018
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.
He will miss his home grand slam for the first time since 2008.
Tomic's performances earlier in the week gave hope that a comeback could be on the cards for the fallen former Australian No.1.
He routed Vincent Millot in 48 minutes and then steadied against American Tommy Paul in the second round, winning in a third set tiebreak.
But Tomic's final singles outing at Melbourne Park began as a no-contest.
He won just 11 points in the first set, looking nonplussed at the Italian's procession of winners.
Moving poorly and with no intensity, Tomic simply gave away points on Sonego's serve deemed out of reach.
It was a sorry sight, exacerbated by the scheduling of the 2011 Wimbledon quarter finalist and biggest name in the qualifying tournament, on court eight.