Tomic hits embarrassing new low in Belgium

Bernard Tomic's forgettable tennis season has continued, with the 24-year-old losing in the final round of qualifying for the Antwerp ATP 250 event.

Tomic, currently the world No.144, lost 6-7 (3-7) 5-7 to 29-year-old Aldin Setkic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Setkic is currently at a career-high world ranking of No.165 and swept Tomic aside after 1hr 39min on Monday.

Tomic, a former world No.17, continues to stare down the prospect of missing direct qualification for January's Australian Open.

What a shocking year. Image: Getty

He will likely need to be ranked in the top 105 in the world for a direct entry, otherwise he'll require a wildcard from Tennis Australia - a body he's consistently had a difficult relationship with - or be forced into qualifying.

The most recent time he went down the latter path was as an unranked 15 year-old back in 2008.

In Tokyo earlier in October, Tomic picked up his first main-draw win in more than three months when he beat Joao Sousa 6-3 3-6 6-3 in the opening round of the Japan Open.

He exited the tournament in the next round, after losing to world No.29 Diego Schwartzman 3-6 1-6.

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