Venue: Melbourne Park Date: 19 January-1 February
Coverage: BBC Red Button, BBC One & Two (including all Andy Murray matches), Radio 5 Live sports extra, BBC Sport website (Red Button coverage streamed on website throughout fortnight)
Serena Williams is going for a fourth Australian Open title
"Maybe with the fat I would be able to, like, absorb more of the heat."
Serena Williams fishes for compliments about her new leaner figure.
"Since I stopped wearing a cap I've played much better. I used to always wear a cap for matches because if I had really long hair it would obviously get in my eyes. But when I keep my hair short, I don't think it makes a huge difference."
Andy Murray has clearly given his headgear plenty of thought.
"When you sit down at the change of ends you're expecting to go and chill out a little bit in the shade but it's roasting. That was tough."
Murray has his own take on the topic that dominates discussion.
"I'm 35 years old in a few days. If I have a surgery, I'm going to be 36. What am I, Lance Armstrong? No, I'm not."
Andrei Pavel quits tennis after realising he is not superhuman after all.
"I have no plans to quit."
Tamarine Tanasugarn does not plan to 'do a Pavel' in the near future.
"I could be retired by the time he gets to top 100. Who knows how long that will take."
Lleyton Hewitt hands fellow Australian Bernard Tomic, 16, a reality check after he became male winner of a match at the Open. Hewitt lost his first-round match.
"It's much more fun driving here than at home because there it's a chore and here it's like a luxury, kind of like an adventure, because you might not know the way, but you still get there."
Venus Williams does her bit for the 'Driving in Melbourne' campaign.
"You can't get a much more exciting three-setter. It was a little too exciting but he played some great tennis."
American James Blake who got a little too excited on his way to a 6-4 6-3 7-5 victory over Canadian qualifier Frank Dancevic.