James McGee eased into the second round of qualifying at the Australian Open with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Calvin Hemery.

The Castleknock man didn’t face a break point in the entire match against the Frenchman as he took a step forward in the year's first Grand Slam.

McGee, ranked 199th in the world, will face Moldovan Radu Albot in the next round.

Last year the Irishman was beaten in straight sets by home favourite Dane Proppoggia 6-3 6-4 in the second qualifying round.

He qualified for the first round of the US Open in 2014, falling to Kazakhstan's Aleksandr Nedovyesov in four sets.

There are three qualifying rounds before the competition starts proper.

British pair Dan Evans and James Ward both recorded straight-sets victories in their opening qualifying matches.

Evans converted two of his four break points, while only losing his serve once to knock out the top seed Luca Vanni with a 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 triumph and he will face Israel's Amir Weintraub in the second round.

Ward served strongly and sent down 16 aces as he won 75% of the points on his first serve on his way to beating Canada's Peter Polansky 7-6 (8/6) 6-4.