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It's the first time since 2008 that Tomic hasn't qualified for the Australian Open.

Bernard Tomic going home to 'count my millions’ after qualifying defeat

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With the Australian Open just around the corner, one player has again put himself under the spotlight, even after failing to qualify.

Bernard Tomic lost 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 to Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the final round of qualifying in Melbourne over the weekend.

The Australian has failed to qualify for the first time since 2008, after Tennis Australia chose not to offer the world number 142 a wildcard following his defeat to Sonego.

After failing to qualify, Tomic said he was heading home to "count my millions".

"I just count money, that's all I do," he told Channel 7, as per BBC Sport..

"You go do what I did. You go make 13-14 million. Good luck guys. Bye bye."

The remark is almost history repeating itself after the Australian came under fire for his 'lack of commitment' in Madrid last year when he said: "Would you care if you were 23 and worth over $10m?"

At just 18-years-old, Tomic became Australian number one and reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals. However, despite reaching the third round at last year's Australian Open, the Aussie is likely to drop in the the rankings after failing to qualify this year.

He's known for his controversies

With Tomic's recent comments, it will only be a matter of time before he's hit with more criticism, especially as a public figure who's known for more than just the odd comment.

2018 Australian Open Qualifying

In 2016, the 25-year-old was highly criticised for ruling himself out of the Rio Olympics, because of an 'extremely busy' schedule, after being dropped from Tennis Australia.

Remember the time at the Madrid Open last year?

Tomic was hit for his lack of commitment after holding his racquet the wrong way when facing match point.

Tomic has also been hit by controversy off-court too.

The two-time Junior Grand Slam champion was arrested in a Miami Beach hotel back in 2015 for 'resisting arrest and trespassing' after an altercation with hotel staff.

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