Bernard Tomic’s Roland Garros campaign has ended before it really began.
The controversial Australian and unfulfilled talent sank to a new low, this time beaten by a 16-year-old in the first round of qualifiers.
Local wildcard Arthur Fils fought back from a set down to defeat the embattled Tomic 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 on a rain-interrupted day at Roland Garros.
Bernard Tomic will not play in the French Open main draw.Credit:Getty Images
At 28, Tomic was nearly double the age of his teenaged opponent, who is ranked 1034 in the world.
Tomic qualified for the COVID-stricken Australian Open early this year and made it to the second round, and unleashed a tirade at Australian tennis lesson John Fitzgerald on the way out.
After his Australian Open loss to Canada’s Denis Shapovalov, in which he barely fired a shot, Tomic labelled Fitzgerald “the worst commentator I’ve seen in my life” after the latter questioned whether he would return to next year’s Open.
In Paris, Tomic was unable to put away Fils in a match that lasted more than two hours.
“I think clay is my favourite surface,” Fils said after the match. “I love it because it gives me time and I can play more with my forehand.
“Every match is a fight and I love it. I think I only lost two matches on clay in juniors.”
Tomic would have come up against another Australian had he progressed, with Marc Polmans accounting for Alex Bolt in their opening round qualifier.
There were 12 Australians attempting to make it into the main draw of Roland Garros, which starts on Sunday.
Thanasi Kokkikankis and Matt Ebden are both in action on Tuesday, while Arina Rodionova was beaten by India’s Ankita Raina in her first round qualifying match.
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