Tomic's Aussie Open hopes in danger

Bernard Tomic reacts after dropping a point during another loss this season.
Bernard Tomic reacts after dropping a point during another loss this season. Andy Brownbill

TENNIS: Bernard Tomic's Australian Open hopes are in serious jeopardy with Tennis Australia yet to decide if he will be granted a wildcard entry.

Tomic has had a dreadful season, plunging from world No.17 to 145th in the rankings and if a wildcard isn't on offer he will be forced to compete for a qualifying spot.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said Tennis Australia had recently reached out to Tomic amid concerns about his mental well-being but the 25-year-old was yet to take up an offer of assistance.

"We've reached out to Bernie from a health and well-being point of view and it's up to him to respond,” Tiley said on Tuesday.

"He's in a tough place right now. His ranking has dropped and he's struggling.

"Our job as a federation is to make sure we've got a team of people there to support beyond tennis and that's really where we're at.”

Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt, who was "disappointed and frustrated” that Tomic chose not to represent Australia in this year's Davis Cup, will be among those to determine if Tomic receives a wildcard.

Tomic has generally played well at Melbourne Park, reaching the fourth round of the men's draw on three occasions.

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