AAP Tennis

Tomic bombs out of Wimbledon qualifying

By AAP Newswire

A wounded Bernard Tomic has crashed out of Wimbledon qualifying with a straight-sets loss to Belgian Davis Cup player Ruben Bemelmans.

Tomic required courtside treatment for a leg injury midway through the 6-3 6-1 6-2 defeat which took one hour and 20 minutes.

The one-time world No.17 had been hoping to emulate his run through qualifying in 2011, when he went on to become the youngest men's quarter-finalist at The All England Club since Boris Becker 25 years earlier.

But it was obvious from the outset of Thursday's match that Tomic was in for a struggle.

He dropped serve in the opening game and was unable to find a way back into the first set.

He called for the trainer after being broken for a third time to fall behind 5-1 in the second and dropped serve yet again early in the third.

Tomic's defeat comes a year after he was fined $20,000 for saying he was "a little bored" and feigned injury during a listless first-round loss to Mischa Zverev at tennis' greatest event.

The fallout continues, with Tomic now struggling to regain his place in the world's top 100 after spiralling to No.243 after flirting with reality TV earlier this year.

While it was more despair for Tomic, there was joy for countryman John-Patrick Smith who clinched a place in the Wimbledon main draw after suffering a heartbreaking final-round qualifying defeat last year.

Smith, the world No.211, downed American Michael Mmoh 6-2 6-4 6-3 to qualify for only the second time in six attempts.

"I lost 12-10 last year. It was a heartbreaker so it's obviously a good feeling," said the 29-year-old from Townsville.

Three more Australians are in final-round qualifying action on Thursday, aiming to join Nick Kyrgios, Matt Ebden, John Millman, Alex de Minaur, Jordan Thompson, James Duckworth and Smith in the men's main draw.

At least one is guaranteed a spot in Friday night's draw with Alex Bolt taking on fellow South Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Jason Kubler can book a first appearance at the All England if he beats seasoned Canadian Peter Polansky.

Australia's three women in second round qualifying all crashed out at the Bank of England sports ground in London.

Townsville's Lizette Cabrera lost to 18-year-old American Claire Liu 6-4 4-6 6-1 with Priscilla Hon also going out to an American, Jamie Loeb prevailing 6-4 6-4.

Arina Rodionova, who was Australia's only first-round winner at Wimbledon last year, went out to Romanian world No.197 Elena-Gabriela Ruse.

Rodionova looked in control after taking the first set but struggled with her serve as the match progressed and lost 5-7 6-4 6-4.