Delray Beach, FL, USA, 22 February 2017 | AAP

Bernard Tomic’s unhappy start to the 2017 season has continued in Florida.

The sixth-seeded Australian was eliminatedĀ in the first round for a second consecutive week, blowing a one-set to love lead over Belgian Steve Darcis to eventually lose 3-6 6-1 6-4.

Tomic had a 4-1 lead in the final set but the Belgian world No.57, who cameĀ through qualifying, reeled off five straight games to take the match.

The loss condemned the Australian world No.31 to his third first-round loss out of four tournaments in 2017, with his only wins coming in the first and second rounds of the Australian Open.

Tomic began the year with a straight-sets loss to Spanish veteran David Ferrer in Brisbane and last week lost to world No.140 Barbadian Darian King 6-4 6-4 in the first round of the Memphis Open.

It wasn’t all bad news for Tomic though, it was also announced he is playing doubles with Australian Open finalist Rafael Nadal in Indian Wells, in March.

And spending time with the Spanish great on the court could be just what he needs to get his season going.

Darcis – the recent hero of Belgium’s Davis Cup win over Germany after beating both Phillipp Kohlschreiber and Alexander Zverev – awaits either Memphis finalist Nikoloz Basilashvili or German veteran Tommy Haas.