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Bernard Tomic to miss Australian Open wildcard play-off

7 December 2017 5:00 AM
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Bernard Tomic must run the gauntlet of qualifying or miss his first home grand slam in a decade after choosing to skip the the Australian Open wildcard playoff.

Tomic, ranked 142, would have been the top seed at the playoff, which takes place next week at Melbourne Park.

But the 25-year-old's name didn't appear in the 16-man field published on Thursday, against the hopes of Tennis Australia.

The winner of the men's and women's playoff, open to local players, are guaranteed places in the main draw of the Australian Open.

As recently as Wednesday, Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt said it would be the "right move" for Tomic to nominate for the playoff.

His refusal to compete against his peers is almost certain to cost him the chance at a discretionary wildcard, given Hewitt and Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley both urged him to play next week.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis - ranked 209 after an injury-plagued two seasons - has already received a wildcard.

Tomic, who has reached the fourth round at Melbourne Park three times, must now front up for qualifying if he's to play in the Australian Open for a tenth straight year.

The divisive right-hander began the 2017 season as the 27th seed at the Open, reaching the third round.

He would win just eight further matches for the year as his ranking slumped more than 100 places.

Sam Groth is the sentimental favourite to win a place, given the Victorian has announced his retirement after the 2018 tournament.

World No.145 Akira Santillan heads the men's field, while Arina Rodionova and Destanee Aiava are the only other two entrants ranked inside the women's top 300.

Tomic's sister Sara Tomic, ranked 466, will play in the women's field.

TA has also announced the draws for the men's and women's singles event will shift to prime time, taking place on Thursday night before the tournament begins on January 15.

The cut-throat Open qualifying competition takes place the previous week.

Also read: Australian Open 2018: Serena Williams says 'be excited' as she hints at return

Source: theage.com.au

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