AUSTRALIAN tennis is assessing the wreckage of one of its most barren Wimbledon campaigns in almost 80 years.
For the first time since 2012 — and only the second time since 1938 — Wimbledon’s third-most successful nation will not have a man into second-round singles.
The departures of Bernard Tomic, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Jordan Thompson today followed those of Nick Kygrios, Andrew Whittington and John Millman on Monday.
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And it was almost a similar story on the women’s side with only qualifier Arina Rodionova reaching the round of 64 — and that was after saving seven match points.
If not for Russian-born Rodionova, this would have been the bleakest Australian result in the professional era — and beyond.
Rodionova ambushed friend and 16th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 9-7 as 20th seed Daria Gavrilova crumbled nervously 6-4 2-6 10-8 to Croatian qualifier Petra Martic.
The Victorian confessed anxiety wrecked her chances.
“I think I can’t really cope with the grand slam pressure,” she said.
Ashleigh Barty fought bravely in a tight encounter with world No 5 and fourth seed Elina Svitolina, defending six match points.
And while Kokkinakis, Millman, Whittington and Thompson fought as Kyrgios retired with hip problems, Tomic found himself in hot water after admitting he feigned injury and was bored throughout a limp 6-4 6-3 6-4 loss to German 27th seed Mischa Zverev.
“To me, this is one of the biggest tournaments in the world that I have done really well in my career and, yeah, I just couldn’t find anything,” he said.
Thompson could not repeat his epic Queen’s Club win over world No Andy Murray, slipping to a 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7-4) loss to Spanish 25th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
And Kokkinakis was defiant in a 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 loss to US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro.
Kokkinakis banished suggestions there is an institutional failing in the Australian system.
“Obviously a few of us have played some tough players. Everyone has got their own reasons,” he said.
“Obviously Nick is hurt. Bernie had a tough one. I don’t know who else was there. John played Rafa.
“Yeah, draws are a bit of a part of it. But I don’t know, maybe we didn’t all collectively play that great.”