Australia will boast its largest Wimbledon singles contingent in 20 years when the grasscourt grand slam gets underway on Monday.Final-round qualifying wins for former junior champion Luke Saville and journeymen John Millman and John-Patrick Smith mean Australia will field 16 players in the main draw at the All England Club.
Not since 1995, when Boris Becker, Pat Cash and Davis Cup captain Wally Masur were still gracing SW19's hallowed grass courts, has Australia enjoyed such strength in numbers at the greatest tennis show on earth.
Australia was already guaranteed at least 13 starters, led by seeds Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic and 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt in his Wimbledon swansong.
But a stirring five-set fightback win for Saville and joyous successes for Millman and Smith at nearby Roehampton took the number to new heights.
Saville was euphoric after saving a match point and fighting back from two sets down to defeat higher-ranked Italian Luca Vanni 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9/7), 6-4 to qualify for Wimbledon's main draw for the second-straight year.
Saville only learned after his big win that his girlfriend, Russian-born Australian representative Daria Gavrilova, had withdrawn from her scheduled quarter-final at Eastbourne with an aggravation of an abdominal strain.
"That puts a bit of a dampener on it," he said.
"I hope she's alright. That's probably the main thing."
Gavrilova later took to Twitter to say how delighted she was with Saville and vowed to be ready for Wimbledon.
Millman, a 26-year-old battler who climbed to a career-high ranking of 118th in the world this month, secured his first Wimbledon main-draw appearance with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win over Frenchman Enzo Couacourd.
Smith, also 26 and a graduate of the US college system, capped Australia's triumphant day to qualify for only his second major - and first outside of Australia - with a 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 win over Czech Jan Mertl.