Bernard bows out in Brisbane
The 18-year-old was beaten 6-2 6-2 by German seventh seed Florian Mayer in 53 minutes at Pat Rafter Arena on Monday.
Tomic was poised to turn heads at the Brisbane International after snapping up a third straight wildcard and arriving with a career-high 208 world ranking – 78 places better than he was 12 months ago.
But it was a case of third time unlucky for Tomic against an opponent ranked 171 places higher and nine years older.
Tomic lost to high-profile Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in 2009 and Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov in 2010.