Yet, tennis is a game which often sees unexpected players rise to the top in major events. The ascension of such players is one of the best elements of sport in general.
There are times said players come almost out of nowhere to make their mark. Other times it is a more natural progression in which a player comes from the middle of the seeded players in a tournament to make a run to the final weekend.
However it happens (assuming it does), here are the most likely players to make the rise in Melbourne this year.