Zverev, poorer and poorly, pulls out of Davis Cup tie

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2017 file photo Germany's Mischa Zverev makes a backhand return to Switzerland's Roger Federer during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.Zverev was assessed a fine of US$45,000 at the Australian Open on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, for a poor performance in his first-round match against South Korea's Chung Hyeon, the largest penalty ever assessed to an individual for an on-site transgression at a Grand Slam tournament. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

BRISBANE, Australia (AP)

Mischa Zverev has withdrawn from Germany’s Davis Cup team for the first-round tie against Australia, starting Friday, with a continuation of the illness which brought him a record fine for his first-round retirement at the Australian Open.

Zverev was fined A$45,000 (US$36,000) in Melbourne when he quit while trailing South Korea’s Hyeon Chung 6-2, 4-1, citing illness. He was fined most of his first-round prize money under tennis’s new First Round Performance rule which requires players to ”perform to a professional standard”.

Germany team captain Michael Kohlmann said Tuesday Zverev is still affected by a viral illness but had made a desperate effort to prove his fitness for the World Group tie.

Kohlmann said ”I am feeling bad for him. He was trying everything to be here but in the end it didn’t make sense”.