Melbourne VIC, Australia, 20 August 2014 |

On Day 1 of qualifying the Aussies have returned mixed results in completed matches so far. Thanasi Kokkinakis, James Duckworth and Arina Rodionova are through to the second round, while Alex Bolt, JP Smith and Matt Reid all found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreline.

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Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are the top two seeds respectively in the men’s event. World No.3 Federer has Rafael Nadal to thank – the Spaniard would have been the second seed had he not pulled out with a right wrist injury.

Rounding out the top 10 seeds are: Stan Wawrinka, David Ferrer, Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych, Grigor Dimitrov, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Kei Nishikori.

The news isn’t great for the Aussie men in the main draw – Lleyton Hewitt, Nick Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic, Marinko Matosevic, Sam Groth and Matt Ebden – none are seeded.

The women’s seeds will be announced on Wednesday (US time) and the draw will take place on Thursday before the main draw kicks off on Monday 25 August.

And during a Twitter Q&A, Victoria Azarenka revealed that if she wasn’t a tennis player, she’d be a magician. OK then.