Six went in, five have already gone out.
That’s the status of Australian hopes in the men’s draw at the Brisbane International with Bernard Tomic the sole local remaining ahead of his first round clash with France’s Nicolas Mahut.
New South Welshman James Duckworth and Brisbane teenager Oliver Anderson were both eliminated in a rain-soaked day at the Queensland Tennis Centre, joining Monday’s casualties Sam Groth, John-Patrick Smith and Ben Mitchell.
Duckworth, with Davis Cup coach Wally Masur watching from the stands, actually began brightly as he won the opening set in his centre-court clash against Austrian eighth seed Dominic Thiem.
But the world No.20 showed his class to close out the match 3-6 6-4 6-3.
“Bit disappointed with the way I served,” Duckworth said.
“First serve percentage wasn’t high enough. But, yeah, there is still a few tournaments for the summer, and Aussie Open is the one I’m going to be really trying to peak for.”
Teenage qualifier Anderson wasn’t expected to do much against Croatia’s Ivan Dodig in his first appearance in the main draw of an ATP tournament.
World No.87 Dodig proved too good on his way to a 6-3 6-2 win, which he wrapped up inside 68 minutes.
“Ivan played way too good for me today,” Anderson said.
“He was on from the very first point. I didn’t really get a sniff.”
Other winners on Tuesday included Belgian sixth seed David Goffin, Serbia’s Viktor Troicki and Czech veteran Radek Stepanek.
The 37-year-old’s next opponent will be the winner of Tomic’s clash with Mahut.