The Indian Wells Masters is underway as four Australians fall victim on day two of the tournament.
Thanasi Kokkinakis, Alex de Minaur, Alexei Popyrin and Rinky Hijikata all lost in the opening round at California.
Of the quartet of Aussie tennis stars, de Minaur – who recently won his first ATP 500 title at the Mexican Open – was the only one who lost to an unseeded player.
The highest ranked Aussie lost to Hungarian player, Marton Fucsovics in straight sets, going down 6-4 6-2.
Falling at the first Hurdle????
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Jumped early, had chances to turn the tide back his way but well played to the world number 7️⃣8️⃣ ????#TheFirstServe #TennisParadise pic.twitter.com/rYeT5sCwTB
— The First Serve (@TheFirstServeAU) March 11, 2023
Popyrin faced world number 11 Hubert Hurkacz, being dominated by the highly talent Polish tennis star, resulting in a 6-3 6-3 loss.
Hijikata’s opponent also was seeded as Argentina’s Sebastian Baez (seed 30) was in complete control in the round of 64 clash with the Aussie, winning 6-3 6-1.
Kokkinakis was placed against seed number one, Carlos Alcaraz, and was no match for the Spaniard.
Despite his impressive summer, the Aussie was beaten comfortably in straight sets, losing 6-3 6-3.
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— ATP Tour (@atptour) March 12, 2023
Although it looks all doom and gloom for Australia at the Indian Wells tournament, Jordan Thompson and Jason Kubler are still carrying the flag forward after their victories.
In a surprise to most, Thompson was placed against 2022 Australian Open finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas in the opening round.
To the delight of Australia, the 28-year-old took it to the Greek superstar, winning in three sets 7-6 (0) 4-6 7-6 (5) in a great performance.
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World No. 8️⃣7️⃣ Jordan Thompson has pulled off one of the biggest wins of his career against World No. 3️⃣ Stefanos Tsitsipas!#9WWOS #Tennis pic.twitter.com/aVMMgXhjbz
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) March 10, 2023
Thompson’s victory against the world number three sets up a match against unseeded Chilean tennis player Alejandro Tabilo.
Kubler joined his fellow countrymen in the third day of action after bypassing experienced campaigner Grigor Dimitrov.
After taking the first set comfortably and looking like closing out the match, Dimitrov lost the second set in a close tie-breaker before being unable to finish the match.
The world number 25 was forced to retire and ultimately handing the win to Kubler.
You hate to see it ????@GrigorDimitrov retires with injury in the decider vs Kubler, sending the Aussie through at #TennisParadise pic.twitter.com/aOjPjZSZ2B
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 10, 2023
The Australian now faces America’s Frances Tiafoe in a mouth-watering clash in the round of 32.