WIMBLEDON, England – The boys from Down Under are down and out at Wimbledon.
For the first time since 1938, no Australian man will be playing in the second round at the All England Club after former champion Lleyton Hewitt, Bernard Tomic and Matthew Ebden all lost on Tuesday.
Tomic was the biggest Australian hope after reaching the quarterfinals last year as a qualifier, but he lost to Belgian wild card David Goffin. Hewitt was a wild card for the first time in his 14th Wimbledon appearance and was overpowered in straight sets by fifth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, while Ebden lost to Benoit Paire in four sets.
A fourth Australian man, Marinko Matosevic, lost to Xavier Malisse on Monday.