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Australian Tennis players Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios

The end of the Australian tennis brat pack?

For years, Australian tennis fans have reluctantly waved their flags to support two local products that are polarising - at best.
Following Bernard Tomic and Nick Kygios has been a frustrating experience, to say the least.
Tomic has plummetted to 140 in the world, was denied a wildcard to the Australian Open and rumours won't die that he is going trade in his racket for a place on reality television show I'm a Celebrity, Get me out of Here'.
Years of underperforming, bizarre rants and off-court incidents have taken their toll.
Nick Kyrgios has better stock, sitting at 21 in the world. But the prodigious talent has been dogged with allegations of tanking, disrespect to his fans and a cavalier attitude that earns him little respect.
He is carrying a knee injury through the Brisbane International right now and is no certainty to make any impact at the Australian Open.
But now there are two young talents on the scene and a veteran who refuses to give up, without the arrogance.

Alex De Minaur stuns Australian tennis by dispatching Milos Raonic

Australian tennis star Alex De Minaur

Alex De Minaur stunned Australian tennis fans with a straight sets win over Milos Raonic

The Brisbane International has been a famous venue for classic upsets. And 18-year-old Alex De Minaur served up the biggest one yet with a famous victory over former world No.3 Milos Raonic.
Mentored by Australian tennis legend and former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt, the best part of De Minaur's victory was his response post-match.
"It's going to take a while for me to believe what's happened just now," he said.
""I was going to come out here, compete my hardest and give it my all and I actually ended up playing an unbelievable match."

The comeback of Thanasi Kokkinakis

Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australian tennis

Thanasi Kokkinakis has returned to the Australian tennis circuit

When Kyrgios first caught the attention of the Australian public, there was another young gun also making waves - Thanasi Kokkinakis.
But injury has stalled the young gun's progress and he has been using the Hopman Cup as a vehicle to return to the elite levels of tennis.
The team of Kokkinakis and Daria Gavrilova got past Canada, but lost to Belgium. Victory over Germany on Friday could still see the pair reach the final, where Roger Federer would likely await.

Brave Millman impresses again at home

Australian tennis player John Millman

Australian tennis player John Millman pushed world No.3 Grigor Dimitrov all the way

Brisbane's John Millman has made strong impressions before at his hometown event, the Brisbane International.
Millman has previously taken a set off Andy Murray at the fixture and also paced Federer by a set and a break in 2015.
Last night, he pushed world No.3 Grigor Dimitrov in a tough 4-6, 7-6, (10-8), 6-3 loss.
Amazingly, tennis fans savaged Millman on social media for the loss. Kyrgios has made a habit of clapping back at disgruntled fans on social media, but Millman showed his class.
"I can be proud of giving everything. That’s tennis," he said.
"It would have been one of the highlights of my career to win here - I’d have loved it to win in front of my home crowd who stuck it out after midnight to watch me play."

About the Author Josh Alston

Josh Alston is a hack with over 12 years industry experience, covering sport across all codes for newspapers and online agencies. Known to frequent grade matches because of their cheap tinnies. Eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Masters in sitting on the hill when the local cricket side was playing. Softball premiership winner, rugby league legend in Year 10 and no stranger to Doomben Racecourse.

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