Laura Robson suffered a first-round exit at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Laura Robson and Heather Watson not the new kids in town now

First-round defeats and success for next generation send out timely warning to British pair

Comment: It’s not the riskiest deal Mike Ashley's done

Mike Ashley once boasted he had “balls of steel”. Frankly, for anyone else to spend £45 million on shares in Debenhams after its Christmas drubbing, you’d need them.

Novak Djokovic celebrates a point in his first round victory against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia

Australian Open 2014: Novak Djokovic eases through first round

Defending champion looked rusty by his high standards

Stefan Edberg was the centre of attention on Monday at the Australian Open as he returned to court in a coaching role with Roger Federer

Australian Open 2014: Trio progress with wins for David Ferrer, Stanislas Wawrinka and Tomas Berdych as Stefan Edberg steals the show

Edberg has agreed to work with former Number One Roger Federer as he made a high-profile return to court in Melbourne

Both Heather Watson and Laura Robson were knocked out of the Australian Open on the opening day's play

Australian Open 2014: Laura Robson and Heather Watson crash out in first round, ending British interest in women's singles

Robson was the first player knocked out of the opening Grand Slam of the year after she lost to Kirsten Flipkens while Watson went down swinging in a three-set defeat to Daniela Hantuchova

Andy Murray takes a much-needed drinks break during training at Melbourne Park

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray and co prepare for 'inhuman' heatwave of 40C in Melbourne

The tournament has an “extreme heat policy” under which the referee can suspend play on outside courts and close the roofs

Australian Open 2014: Novak Djokovic admits Boris Becker link-up is a 'risk'

The German has been drafted in as coach

Andy Murray lost to Lleyton Hewitt in an exhibition match yesterday but says his back feels fine

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray hopeful he's ready for heat in Melbourne

The British number one gets underway in Melbourne on Tuesday

Serena Williams has regretted her complaint over the cold temperatures in Melbourne with the heat set to dominate opening week of Grand Slam

Australia Open: Serena Williams regrets 'freezing' Melbourne complaints with temperatures set to soar

Williams admits she is not looking forward to the expected heat that will hit the first week of the opening Grand Slam of 2014

Heather Watson progressed tot he Australian Open main draw after beating Irina Falconi

Australian Open: Heather Watson beats Irina Falconi to join Laura Robson and Andy Murray in Grand Slam main draw

21-year-old had to qualify for the tournament and triumphed 6-4 7-6 (7-1) to progress to the main draw

Andy Murray lost to Lleyton Hewitt in an exhibition match yesterday but says his back feels fine

Australian Open: Andy Murray ready for the heat after back surgery pays off

Andy Murray wrapped up his public preparations for next week’s Australian Open by losing an exhibition match to Lleyton Hewitt here in Melbourne yesterday, but is in a good frame of mind.

Boris Becker, top, Ivan Lendl, who had no experience of coaching before joining Andy Murray apart from running a junior academy in the United States, and Stefan Edberg, Federer's newest coach

Trending now: Tennis celebrity coaches with an 80s twist

Andy Murray started the craze, but is there an advantage to enlisting a Grand Slam winner from over 20 years ago as coach

Beauty spot: a giraffe in Kruger

My life in travel: Tim Henman

'Our safari in South Africa was fantastic'

Australian Open 2014: 10 contenders to win in Melbourne, including Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka

The tournament in Melbourne begins on Monday - but who will be the last woman standing?

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