Melbourne : Mischa Zverev on Tuesday became the first player to be heavily fined for retiring from his first round match at the Australian Open under new rules aimed at limiting early injury withdrawals.

The German, seeded 32, withdrew from his opening match with South Korea’s Chung Hyeon last week during the second set and has been fined USD 45,000 for what is termed “a poor first round performance.” That was almost all of his prize money of around USD 47,000. Under the new rules “any player who competes in the first round main draw singles and retires or performs below professional standards, may now be subject to a fine up to (the equivalent) first round prize money in 2018”.

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