Tomic drops out of top 150 after latest defeat
BERNARD Tomic's wretched season just got worse - losing 6-4 6-2 to Britain's Kyle Edmund at the Chengdu Open in just 62 minutes.
The defeat means the former world No.17 will drop outside the top 150-ranked players and he could end up having to qualify for the Australian Open or, worse still, beg Tennis Australia for a wildcard for the first major of the season.
Tomic, 24 is predicted to fall to 161 in the world rankings after his latest defeat.
The Gold Coaster is now winless in three months, his last victory coming against German Mischa Zverev on Eastbourne grass in June.
He then lost to Zverev at Wimbledon, where he later admitted to feigning injury and being "a little bit bored" on court, a confession that drew a record $US15,000 fine.
Tomic also crashed out in the first round of the US Open in New York and will need to reach about 105th in the rankings to secure direct entry to the Australian Open.