When Nick Kyrgios emerges as the voice of reason, Australia is in a whole heap of trouble.
In hindsight, complaining about having to wash your own hair was never going to get much sympathy.
Especially from Melburnians fresh from facing several months of considerably tougher hardship.
Google "tennis players complaining" and you get 66,400,000 results in 0.39 seconds.
It's the story that keeps on giving.
And Bernard Tomic's girlfriend, Vanessa Sierra, has given more than most this week.
Speaking on her YouTube channel, Sierra said: "This is the worst part of quarantine. I don't wash my own hair. I've never washed my own hair. It's just not something that I do. I normally have hairdressers that do it twice a week for me.
"This is the situation that we're dealing with. I can't wait to get out of quarantine just so I can get my hair done."
Australians were left stunned. Many didn't know you could have your own YouTube channel.
Unsurprisingly, poor Sierra didn't exactly get much support for her plight.
That's the plight about hair-washing rather than being stuck in a hotel room with Bernard Tomic for two weeks.
Predictably, the Twittersphere had a fair bit of advice for the unfortunate Vanessa.
She responded: "Social media is my full-time work and daily vlogs on YouTube are a part of this, I'm real, honest and raw and show things as they are."
Australians were even more stunned. Most didn't know what a vlog was and even more were amazed social media could be a full-time job.
Another 0.39 seconds on old mate Google reveals a lot about Ms Sierra.
The self-described "former businesswoman" is famous for several reasons including: dating the brother of reality TV star Jessika Power; a regrettable appearance on reality TV program Love Island Australia; a relationship with "social media prankster" Luke Erwin; her relationship with Tomic; her staggering earning power as a social media influencer which was only enhanced when Instagram suspended her account for "violating community standards", somewhat frustrating her 104,500 followers.
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Meanwhile another tennis player rather lacking in self-awareness was also on thin ice this week.
Novak Djokovic reportedly wrote to Australian Open organisers asking them to ease quarantine restrictions for players.
Having organised a rebel tournament which became a super-spreader of the disease last year, the Serbian World no.1 was not perhaps speaking from the soundest of footing.
Maybe he should stick to advising players how to protect line judges from flying tennis balls.
"Djokovic is a tool," Kyrgios said on Twitter.
"I don't mind Bernie but his Mrs obviously has no perspective."
I don't mind Bernie but his Mrs obviously has no perspectiveNick Kyrgios
Australians were stunned once more as many found themselves agreeing with Kyrgios - shakier ground than the rim of Mount Etna.
With 72 players confined to hotel quarantine after being on the same flight as a positive coronavirus case, many followed Sierra's lead by devoting their time to social media with posts detailing such hardship as using upturned mattresses so they could practice in their hotel rooms.
Many even had to move the mattresses themselves.
However, amid all this madness there were some voices of reason.
One of the 72, New Zealand's Russian-born doubles specialist Artem Sitak provided some welcome balance about the situation.
"We knew the risk we were taking and Australia being very, very strict with their rules concerning the virus ... this was always a possibility," he said.
Meanwhile, former Aussie pro Sam Groth found himself speaking for a nation in response to Djokovic's demands which ranged from shortening isolation to providing better food.
"To suggest players should have shorter quarantine isn't only ridiculous, it's insulting to Australians that have had to endure it," Groth said.
He didn't comment on the food.
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With players set to earn $100,000 even if they lose in the first round at Melbourne Park, Australian Open boss wily Craig Tiley wasn't slow to remind the public that there is plenty of reward awaiting at the end of their arduous two-week ordeal.
"This is the contribution that they have to make in order to get the privilege of when they do come out to compete for $80 million in prize money," he said.
Another player hitting the headlines from their hotel was Yulia Putintseva.
The world no.28, from Kazakhstan, complained she could not sleep for all the rodents in her room and even posted clips of mice scurrying around.
Authorities viewed the posts as a form of self-reporting as pets were not meant to be allowed in isolation.