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More gloom than grins for Aussie contingent

Updated: January 21, 2010, 9:28 AM ET
By Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- The standard-bearer is feuding with the next big thing; the top female hope admits she can't handle the pressure; and last year's darling -- accompanied by an entourage apparently into air rage -- fizzled.

Aussie tennis has seen better days, the days when Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall and John Newcombe gracefully prowled the circuit.

The Aussie media have been enamored for much of the domestic summer with Lleyton Hewitt's impasse with 17-year-old Bernard Tomic. ...

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