2 Japanese players (Soeda, Nishikori) in the last 32 again after 43 years?
LAST TIME, when 2 Japanese players reached the last 32 at the same Grand Slam, happened in 1972 – Aussie Open (Jun Kuki & Kiyoshi Tanabe), however the main draw consist of 64 players in 1972.
Hewitt is the LAST Mohican!
Lleyton Hewitt is the ONLY player on the men’s draw, who reached at least a semifinal at a Grand Slam in both 20th and 21th century! He also the ONLY player on the men’s draw, who had a full-Grand Slam year in 3 different decades (1990-99), (2000-2009), (2010-2019).
Stan Wawrinka NEVER met Romanian player!
This year Australian Open is Wawrinka’s 40th Grand Slam, however he NEVER had an opponent from Romania during his Grand Slam career! Stan will play against Marius Copil in the second round.
Jaziri (and Tunisia) going into record book?
In the Grand Slam history, there are 6 Tunisian-born players among them the best result in Australia:
1. Pierre Darmon (1965) represented France and
2. Nicola Pietrangeli (1957) represented Italy,
reached the quarterfinals in Australia.
Tunisian player who represented his own country, NEVER participated in Australia at the Grand Slam stage.
LAST time when a Tunisian player represented his own country, reached the last 32 in any major, it was in 1961 in Paris by Mustapha Belkhodja! Jaziri is the FIRST Tunisian player representing his country in Australia!
Malek Jaziri was 31 on January 20).