There were 12 Aussies in action on day four of the US Open, with all three in singles action bowing out in the second round.
James Duckworth opened proceedings from an Australian point of view on day four at Flushing Meadows, where he suffered a four-set defeat to British No. 20 seed Dan Evans 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 4-6.
Alexei Popyrin was the next Aussie in singles action to take to the court. The 23-year-old took it right up to No. 14 seed Diego Schwartzman, but was pipped in three tight sets 6-7(3), 5-7, 6-7(6).
The third Aussie in singles action was Jason Kubler, who proved he’s more than capable of mixing it with the best, but unfortunately also suffered defeat in three incredibly tight sets to the talented No. 22 seed Frances Tiafoe 6-7(3), 5-7, 6-7(2).
In doubles action, Wimbledon Champions Max Purcell and Matthew Ebden kicked off their campaign with an impressive 7-6(7), 6-7(8), 6-1 victory over No. 14 seeds Andres Molteni and Santiago Gonzalez.
Purcell returned to the court later in the day, claiming a first round win in the mixed doubles draw with Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski.
Australian Open Champions Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis came from a set behind under the lights in the night session on Louis Armstrong Stadium, defeating Lorenzo Musetti and Hugo Gaston 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
In arguably the biggest upset in the doubles side of the tournament so far, Daria Saville and Canadian Leylah Fernandez rallied from a set down on Grandstand to take down No. 2 seeds American duo Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(5).
Aussie Storm Sanders and American Caroline Dolehide claimed a 6-0, 6-0 demolition victory to advance tot he second round of women’s doubles action.
In mixed doubles, Ellen Perez and Kiwi partner Michael Venus advanced to the second round with a straight sets victory.
Ajla Tomljanovic and defending champion Sam Stosur bowed out in their respective first round women’s doubles matches.