Tomic is just one win away from qualifying for the home grand slam, with world no.217 Lorenzo Sonego standing in his way in the third round of qualifiers.
BC-TEN-Australian Open-Tomic Out, 331 Tomic's troubles continue, misses a spot at Australian OpenBernard Tomic's troubles have continued into 2018 with a loss in the last round of qualifying for the Australian Open.
Tennis Australia chose not to hand Tomic an automatic wildcard spot in the lead up to the event, nor did he take up the offer of a spot in the wildcard play-off in December.
Confronted by Australian media after the match, Tomic made another sarcastic quip about the amount of money he has earned.
"I just count money, that's all I do. I count my millions", said the former Wimbledon quarter-finalist, who reached the third round at Melbourne Park a year ago.
"You go do what I did (on court)".
But Tomic's final qualifying outing at Melbourne Park began as a no-contest.
A rare break point for Tomic in the ninth game roused the crowd but the Italian responded with two sensational winners.
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The Italian started the match on fire with his serve overpowering the laconic Australian from the outset.
Earlier on Saturday, James Duckworth lost his second-round match to German Matthias Bachinger 6-4 6-4.
Tomic wrestled his way back into the match by improving his own service game. He immediately began playing more positively, particularly on his own service game, and nearly broke Sonego in the eighth game.
After a visit from the trainer, he rallied in the second set to force a decider but came up short, snapping his seven-year streak of playing in every major and leaving him at a career crossroads.
The crowd lifted with the Queenslander and he responded in the second-set tiebreak, fist-pumping his way back to the chair as he levelled the match.
Saturday's rain-delayed encounter was a match of three sets but two halves.
He joins Aussie trio John-Patrick Smith, Bradley Mousley and Priscilla Hon in the third round of qualifying.