'Quite sad': Bernard Tomic suffers new low in French Open horror show

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Bernard Tomic (pictured) looking frustrated during the Australian Open.
Bernard Tomic (pictured) was knocked out of Round 1 of French Open qualifying. (Getty Image)

Aussie Bernard Tomic has suffered a terrible First Round qualifying loss at Roland Garros to teenage World No.1034 Arthur Fils.

The local 16-year-old wildcard, whose previous best win on the ATP Tour was against a World No.333, defeated Tomic 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 in a rain-interrupted day at Roland Garros.

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World No.213 Tomic, among 12 Australians attempting to earn a spot in the second grand slam of 2021, was one of the most high-profile players to be ousted on Monday.

The two-hour come from behind victory for Fils was the biggest win of his young career.

However, it marks a tough outing for the 28-year-old Tomic who was once as high as World No.17.

Fans went on to hail Fils, but also slam the Aussie for his massive drop off in the tennis world.

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Tomic in bizarre umpire exchange

Commentators also noted a bizarre exchange between Tomic and the umpire following a set where the Australian appeared to forget the rules and question the umpire on who was serving next.

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Tomic has now lost 7 of his last 11 matches since making the Second Round at the Australian Open earlier this year.

Despite the drama, Fils was thrilled with his victory.

'I think clay is my favourite surface. I love it because it gives me time and I can play more with my forehand," Fils told RolandGarros.com.

"Every match is a fight and I love it. I think I only lost two matches on clay in juniors."

Fils will next meet another Australian, Marc Polmans, who accounted for his countryman Alex Bolt 6-3 3-6 6-3.

World No.208 Aleksandar Vukic advanced to the second round with a 6-3 6-1 thumping of Portuguese Frederico Ferreira Silva.

Thanasi Kokkinakis, fresh from his Challenger tour triumph in Italy, will step up his burgeoning comeback with a tough opener on Tuesday against American Mackenzie McDonald while Matt Ebden will also be in action.

Arina Rodionova, who enjoyed her best grand slam performance at Roland Garros when reaching the third round six years ago, crashed out to India's Ankita Raina 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

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