Retiring Dane Caroline Wozniacki has booked a berth in the Australian Open second round as the women's seeds shone on a gloomy opening day at Melbourne Park.
World No.1 Ashleigh Barty has overcome a slow start to triumph in three sets in her first round Australian Open match against veteran Lesia Tsurenko.
Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas had far too much firepower for Italian Salvatore Caruso, easing to a straight-sets win in his opening match at the Australian Open.
Coco Gauff has downed American countrywoman Venus Williams, 24 years her senior, at the Australian Open in a repeat of her shock first-round win at Wimbledon.
Samantha Stosur's run of first round outs has continued, joining fellow locals Lizette Cabrera, Andrew Harris and John-Patrick Smith in bowing out of the Open.
Nick Kyrgios is refusing to look too far ahead in the Australian Open draw as a potential fourth-round showdown with world No.1 Rafael Nadal looms large.
The chair umpire had to step in when a French tennis player asked a ball girl to peel a banana for him.