While Nick Kyrgios is the Kooyong drawcard, Omar Jasika is another young local hoping to make a name for himself in the Australian Open warm-up tournament.
Fresh from his Hopman Cup triumph, Kyrgios will make his first appearance at the Kooyong Classic on Wednesday, taking on world No.16 David Goffin.
Jasika, 18, had his turn on Tuesday but was outclassed by another teenager in South Korean Hyeon Chung.
Holding a wildcard to next week’s Australian Open, Jasika couldn’t match the consistency of 19-year-old Chung.
Ranked world No.51, Chung won 6-4 6-3 on Tuesday in a positive step as he too prepares to make his first appearance in the main draw at Melbourne Park.
“I lost to him six months ago so it was good to avenge him this time,” Chung said of Jasika.
The young Australian, who won the US Open boys singles and doubles titles in 2014, said he was a bit slow off the mark and had been troubled by the wind at the famed courts.
But he felt he was better for the experience in front of a healthy home crowd.
“It was a good way to get rid of the butterflies before the Australian Open,” Jasika said.
In the other two matches played in the expanded 12-man draw this year, there was a Spanish whitewash against the French.
World No.19 Feliciano Lopez overcame Gilles Simon in the opening match.
Lopez, 34, lost the opening set but took advantage of Simon’s troublesome shoulder to triumph 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 with the third set decided by a super tiebreak 11-9.
Another Spaniard, world No.74 Nicolas Almagro then toppled Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-5 6-3.
Jasika will take on last year’s champion Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the third match scheduled on Wednesday.