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Mischa Zverev fined $36,000 for retirement at Aussie Open

Mischa Zverev was fined $36,000 at the Australian Open on Tuesday for a poor performance in his first-round match against Hyeon Chung, the largest penalty ever assessed to an individual during a Grand Slam tournament for an on-site transgression.

Zverev was punished under a new rule implemented by the Grand Slam Board in the off-season intended to deter players with pre-existing injuries to start a tournament and retired from their first-round matches.

Under the rule, called "First Round Performance," players can be levied a fine up to their first-round prize money if they do not "perform to a professional standard" in their match. Not completing the...

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