• Australian fans short on Melbourne tennis heroes

    1/21/13 2:07 AM | Johan Lindahl
    Australian fans short on Melbourne tennis heroes With no Australian in the field as the second week of the Grand Slam arrives, Melbourne fans are scratching for tennis heroes to call their own.

    Local media have suggested several temporary solutions for now and the future, with Melbourne-born Brit Laura Robson and "Aussie" Ana Ivanovic of Serbia - she has an uncle living in town - among the top tips.

    Robson, an English rose with the cut-glass upper-crust accent, did spend several years as an infant in the city before her family pulled up stakes to Singapore and eventually home to Wimbledon. She does have an Aussie passport - but she owns a British one as well and has no inclination to change that.

    Ivanovic habitually does her December tune-up in Australia. which she professes to love - especially in the Down Under summer while it's freezing in Europe. Her case for "Äussieship" is strengthened by the fact that she once dated golfer Adam Scott.

    After those two, the trail to find a faux Australian among the other nationalities on court goes a bit cold. Among the long shots: Roger Federer (his father once considered a job here and his late first coach Peter Carter was Australian) and Frenchmen Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (each coached by Adelaide's Roger Rasheed).

    Back in the day, Belgian Kim Clijsters was practically given honorary citizenship when she went out with Lleyton Hewitt, with the honorific lasting even after each married someone else and raised families.

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