Australian Open: Bernard Tomic going home to 'count my millions’ after qualifying defeatThe Australian lost 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 to Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the final round of qualifying in Melbourne.
It will be the first time since 2008 that 25-year-old Tomic has not featured in the main draw, with Tennis Australia having chosen not to offer the world number 142 a wildcard.
"I just count money, that's all I do," he told Channel 7.
"You go do what I did. You go make 13-14 million. Good luck guys. Bye bye."The remark echoed his reaction to criticism for a lack of commitment in Madrid last year, when he said: "Would you care if you were 23 and worth over $10m?"
A two-time junior Grand Slam champion, Tomic became
Australian number one and reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals as an 18-year-old qualifier in 2011.
He reached the third round at last year's Australian Open, but will fall further down the next set of
rankings after this qualifying failure.
Local media have reported he is considering taking part in the Australian version of television
show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.