Bernard's Tomic's father once deemed Dan Evans too inferior to practice with his son, but he wasn't the person the Brit said 'doesn't know how to act on a tennis court'.
Linda Pearce is the Chief Tennis Writer and general sports reporter for The Age. She writes about a range of sports, including football, netball, and gymnastics. Linda has twice been named Australian tennis writer of the year.
Bernard Tomic has crashed out of the Australian Open, leaving the host country without a second-week hope in the men's singles for the first time in three years.
The year after Casey Dellacqua's breakthrough 2008 charge past three top-50 opponents into the last 16 of the Australian Open, she returned, with a far higher profile and elevated expectations, and promptly lost in the first round. The second time, having equalled her best Melbourne Park result, the 2015 encore lasted just one match longer.
A "banged-up" Nick Kyrgios has admitted his issues are mental as well as physical, while taking responsibility for an ill-advised approach to the off-season he believes contributed to a controversial Australian Open loss to Andreas Seppi.
Another bizarre performance from Nick Kyrgios in just his second tour-level match since returning from an ATP ban following the Shanghai Masters has raised further queries over his temperament and emotional state. Kyrgios lost 1-6, 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1), 10-8 to Italian veteran Andreas Seppi, but that was just a fraction of the story.
The last time there so many Australians still in the Australian Open's second round, Daria Gavrilova was a nine-year-old living in Russia.
Alex Bolt has earned enough money in the past week to avoid a return to Murray Bridge fence-building for a while.
For a tantalising moment Sam Stosur led 2-0 against Heather Watson, but it wasn't to be.
The youngest player in the Australian Open main draw showed enough to suggest that a grand slam match win may not be too far distant.
With a combined ranking of 637th and an average age of 18.5 years, maiden Melbourne Park match wins by Ash Barty and Jaimee Fourlis gave Australia an encouraging glimpse into the future of the local women's game. It is, despite debutante Destanee Aiava's ambitions having fallen slightly short on the opening day, an unexpectedly sunny view.