Despite the excellent form of Alex de Minaur and Ash Barty, all is not well with Australian tennis.
On a day which saw defeats for Thanasi Kokkinakis, Sam Stosur and Nick Kyrgios in Melbourne, it was Bernard Tomic’s criticism of Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt, accusing him of favouring certain players, that caused the biggest stir.
On The Tennis Podcast, presenters David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport) and Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport, Amazon Prime) consider the dysfunctional nature of Australian Tennis.
“It is an incredibly divided scene,” says Whitaker. “There are two factions: Bernard Tomic, Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis who are anti-Hewitt. Then Alex de Minaur and John Millman who are pro-Hewitt.”
“Where does the fault lie?” asks Law. “The players blame the media, the media blames the players, and a lot of the fans don’t like many of the players.”