Australian Open 2021: Mixed fortunes for Kiwi doubles tennis players in Melbourne

New Zealand tennis player Marcus Daniell and his Austrian playing partner Philip Oswald have made an impressive start to their men's doubles campaign at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

They have beaten the French pair of Adrian Mannarino and Giles Simon 6-4 6-2 to book their spot in the second round.

The Kiwi-Austrian pair didn't drop a service game during the 92-minute match, but converted three of their five breakpoint chances in a near-flawless display.

Fellow New Zealander Artem Sitak and his British partner Jonny O'Mara couldn't follow suit, losing 6-4 6-4 to fifth seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury

In was a tight match,  a break in each set was enough for the American-British pair.

New Zealand's top-ranked doubles player Michael Venus and his Australian partner John Peers are back on court on Friday for their second-round match against Korean wildcards Min-Kyu Song and Ji Sung Nam.