Tomic goes MIA, brushed from Brisbane
BERNARD Tomic has missed out on Tennis Australia's reallocated Brisbane International wildcard which has gone to Sydney 18-year-old Alex de Minaur.
De Minaur was on Friday awarded TA's third men's wildcard into the main draw at the Queensland Tennis Centre, with Tomic overlooked, as expected, as he withdraw from Brisbane qualifying earlier this week.
It became available when Australian No.2 Matt Ebden was elevated into the main draw with the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal from the Brisbane event.
Spain-based De Minaur, ranked No.208, now has a boxed set of wildcards into all TA's summer tournaments, having won the Australian Open wildcard play-offs series on December 17 and since being gifted a reciprocal wildcard into the Sydney International, which starts Sunday week.
Tomic, ranked No.140, is still among the entries for Australian Open qualifying, but a reason for his Brisbane withdrawal has not been advanced to TA.
The Gold Coaster did not take up an offer from TA for him to join Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt's team which trained earlier this month Melbourne in a first step to rejoining the team environment he rejected in early 2017.
Tomic's 19-year-old sister Sara, ranked No 462, was given a wildcard by TA into qualifying for the Brisbane International.
Sara Tomic had one of her best wins by ranking in the first of three rounds of qualifying, taking down Kayla Day, an American ranked 324 spots ahead of her, 6-1, 6-1.
The 19-year-old, ranked No.462, said she had not asked her brother why he had pulled out of Brisbane qualifying.
"I'll say no comment I guess,'' she said.
Brisbane International tournament director Cameron Pearson told couriermail.com.au that Bernard Tomic had not been considered for the event's spare main-draw wildcard.
"He pulled out of the event. I haven't spoken to Bernard, but clearly he wasn't ready for this week, so clearly he wasn't considered,'' Pearson said.
"Alex is certainly a worthy recipient and improved his ranking enormously.
"He's a standout because of his age, his results and how he earnt his Australian Open wildcard. He has a qualifying wildcard into Brisbane and the selectors felt he was the next person deserving of it.''
De Minaur won through qualifying at the Brisbane International and lost in the first round and said his one ATP main draw win came at the Sydney International last summer.
The Spain-based left-hander's practice was overseen today by Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt, which emphasised the appreciation of him among TA hierarchy.
De Minaur's Spanish coach Adolfo Gutierrez arrived in Brisbane and will take charge of his practice tomorrow, when the men's draw is also done.
"I'm pretty stoked with the wildcard and I'm really thankful for the opportunities,'' de Minaur said.
"I felt I played some great tennis at the wildcard playoffs and I[m looking forward to see what my level is against the big dogs (at ATP level).''