Embarrassing graph that puts Bernard Tomic to shame
Bernard Tomic has missed out on automatic qualification for the US Open in the latest embarrassment for the controversial Aussie star.
The US Open released its automatic entry list on Wednesday, giving 98 players free passage into the main draw.
Unfortunately for Tomic, his current world ranking of 103 leaves him as the fifth alternative player should anyone withdraw.
Tomic's woes continued earlier this week with a first-round loss at the grass-court Hall of Fame Open in Newport.
The Aussie had entered the tournament in the hope of boosting his ranking and getting inside the top-98 cut-off.
USOpen #EntryList: cut off at 98 (6 PRs) pic.twitter.com/OMWqybm98D
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Tomic was beaten 2-6 6-7 (5-7) in one hour and 20 minutes at the hands of world No.141 Ilya Ivashka.
Broken twice in the 30-minute opening set, he bounced back to lead 4-1 in the second frame before losing four of the next five games as Ivashka forced the tiebreak.
Tomic’s latest setback
He was stripped of his AU$80,000 prize money at Wimbledon for performing "below professional standards" in a first-round defeat to Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The Queenslander, who has taken legal advice to oppose the sanction, is on the outer with less than six weeks till the final grand slam of the year.
Tomic is next scheduled to enter qualifying for the Atlanta Open, an ATP 250 tournament, this weekend.
He returned to the court after Wimbledon in the second-tier Winnipeg Challenger tournament last week, playing as the No.1 seed.
But his charge was ended by world No.230 Zhe Li in the second round.
"You think in the back of your mind, you know, (Tomic) might not show up," tournament director Mark Arndt said before the event began.
"I was very just very thankful when I saw that he was actually sitting on our courts, getting ready to tie up his shoes and get his racquet ready and go hit some balls.
"It was nice to see him here and in the end, I'm very happy that he's here."