It has been a nice fortnight at the Australian Open, with pleasant weather most days and good behavior (at least by their standards) from the two young guns of Australian tennis, Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios. The latter had a long argument with the ump during a third round match against Tomas Berdych, both of which he lost, and the former made a dumb comment on Roger Federer, and proceeded to lose, also in the third round, against Andy Murray. The Last Great Aussie, Lleyton Hewitt, lost in the second round of his tennis swansong, fought on with countryman Sam Groth to the fourth in the doubles, and got a fond farewell from fans, with Federer contributing a class comment during the show.
Hewitt is the last Australian man to win a Grand Slam tournament in singles (U.S. Open, 2001, Wimbledon, 2002); he helped Australia win its last Davis Cup in 2003. Far be it from me — especially when watching all this stuff on TV — to indulge in the game of cross-era comparisons, but for what it may be worth, back in the day the Aussies played a different ball game.